May 22, 2023

Coming to the Cross

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”—Galatians 2:20 NASB

William McDonald saw many people come to the altar crying out for God, broken by their sins, and needing forgiveness. In his heart, McDonald felt the need for music to minister to these people.

One day in 1870, McDonald sat in his study at his church in Brooklyn, New York. As a melody written by William Fischer captured his imagination, suddenly words “came rushing into [his] mind.” Within a few minutes, he wrote the words to the hymn “I Am Coming to the Cross.”

Feeling the burden of sinners, McDonald described how he came to Jesus feeling “poor and weak and blind,” knowing that he found salvation only by “coming to the cross.” At that moment, he cried out, “Save me, Jesus, save me now.” McDonald heard Him speak “sweetly” to him, “I will cleanse you from all sin.”

McDonald knew that the cross was a place of surrender to give his all to Him. Everything became His “forevermore.” He received God’s grace. He learned to trust His Word. Because of the cross, he was made whole. Those who have been transformed can cry out, “Glory to the Lamb!”

Jesus still saves souls and changes lives. Humble yourself before Him! In your heart, kneel at the cross where He died for you. Accept His salvation, forgiveness, and healing. Dedicate your life to bringing salvation to lost souls around the world.

Reflection Question: What place does worship music play in your times with God?

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for sacrificing Your life for me. Thank You for saving me. I worship You. In Your name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Galatians 2