The Wondrous Cross

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Isaac Watts began writing poetry when still a boy. Born in 1674 in southern England, Watts eventually turned his attention to composing hymns. He was so committed that, for two years, he wrote a new hymn every week. In 1707, while thinking about an upcoming communion service, Watts was inspired by Paul’s letter to the Galatians and began thinking about the cross in a different way. He recognized that the cross changes everything!

Reflecting on these truths, Watts wrote, “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died.” At that time, “survey” primarily meant to consider or contemplate, like a surveyor to measure some ground. It meant examining closely, in great detail.

As he examined everything about the cross, he concluded, “My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.” Humbled, Watts prayed, “Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God! All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.” He realized that nothing compares with Jesus: “Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small: love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”

Today, conduct your own survey. Remember that the cross shows how much God loves you! Allow Him to fill your heart with His love. Commit your life to serving Jesus. Remember, He gave His life for you.