The Cross Leads Home
Do you ever ponder about that old rugged cross? Jessie Brown Pounds wrote the words to the song, “The Way of the Cross”. He wrote, I must needs go home by the way of the cross; There’s no other way but this; I shall ne’er get sight of the gates of light, if the way of the cross I miss. I must needs go on in the blood-sprinkled way, The path that the Savior trod, If I ever climb to the heights sub-lime, Where the soul is at home with God. Then I bid farewell to the way of the world, To walk in it never-more; For my Lord says, “Come”, and I seek my home, Where He waits at the open door. It is sweet to know, as I onward go, The way of the cross leads home.”
Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because straight is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few therebe that find it.”
The gate of the one way is narrow, the gate of the other is wide. We are directed to think of beginnings. This is a subject to be studied in early life. It comes up at the great moment of decision. We must just think of the gate, for until we have passed through we cannot be in the way at all. No, the one can become a Christian without an effort. We do not drift into the kingdom, nor do we grow up in it unconsciously. Even the children of Christian homes need to come to decision and make a deliberate choice. Moreover, there are sins to be repented of, evil habits to be renounced; pride must be a humbled, and the simple trust of a little child attained. We become Christians by complete surrender to Christ.
The second gate is wide. We do not need to make any choice of evil. It is all around us. We have but to let ourselves go, and we shall be swept through the wide gate.
The straight gate leads to the narrow way, the wide gate to the broad way. The right way is narrow. There is but one right way, while there is an infinite diversity of wrong ways. At every moment there is just one thing needful, one thing that it is our duty to do. Righteousness involves self-denial. We have to take up the cross to follow Christ.
The two ways keep apart from beginning to end; neither issues in the other. The broad way is not a shortcut to the narrow way. Each has a separate destination. We do not all come to the same end. But the character of the end is determined by the character of the way. This makes the way of great importance. It is not a city in which we dwell, nor even a temporary camping ground on which we rest for a night. We are always moving along it. The great question is ~ Whither does it tend? Christ sets the alternative before us very clearly ~ eternal life or destruction. Here is reason for rousing ourselves and listening to the urgent entreaty of the Savior, “Enter ye in”.
One of the most cherished songs in our song book is, “The Old Rugged Cross.” To look at that cross; it is old, it is rugged, it is ugly. There is no beauty in the cross, except for the fact that nailed to that cross is the precious Savior who gave His life for you and I. George Bennard wrote, “And I love that old cross where the dearest and best, For a world of lost sinners was slain. And so we cherish the old rugged cross, Till our trophies at last we lay down; we will cling to the old rugged cross, and some day exchange it for a crown. John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
YES, THE WAY OF THE CROSS LEADS HOME! -Derrell Hart