When I Survey, When I Survey
Isaac Watts wrote 600 hymns as well as books on theology, ethics, geography, astronomy, logic, grammar, and psychology. But perhaps his best-known work was the hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." Charles Wesley reputedly said he would gladly have given up all his hymns if he could have written that one! Let's survey it together.
I. VERSE 1
A. The cross is a well-known symbol-but what does it symbolize?
B. To answer this requires more than a casual glance-"it should be surveyed."
C. The cross was used for "the most painful, cruel, and barbaric form of execution."
D. Why then could it be termed "wondrous"?
E. Because of the occupant-"the prince of glory."
F. Note the reaction-"I pour contempt on all my pride."
G. But why? Because His death accomplishes what my "richest gain" cannot.
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