by Steve Wagers

At Calvary
Steve Wagers
John 19:4-30


One of the most renown, and gifted Bible teachers, of the late 19th century, was a man by the name of William R. Newell. Mr. Newell was a noted evangelist, and later became an assistant superintendent at the Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago.

One day, while he was on his way to teach a class, he was meditating about Christ's death at Calvary, and what it meant to him as a lost sinner. His mind went back, and he reflected upon the wretchedness of his past life, and how Christ's death on the cross had gloriously purchased his redemption. These thoughts so impressed themselves upon his mind, that he stepped off into an empty classroom, and quickly scribbled down some lines on the back of an envelope.

A few minutes later, he met a friend, who was the music director at Moody, and showed him the text that he had written, and asked him to put it to music. An hour later, he returned, and delivered to Mr. Newell. As they stood there together, in the hall, they began to sing the completed hymn, that goes:

"Years I spent in vanity, and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary.

Mercy there was great was great, and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my burdened soul found liberty-----

In the 19th chapter of the gospel of John, we are given a clear depiction, and description of what took place that day At Calvary. It is there that we uncover the foundation of our faith, and the reason for our redemption. It is there, that our past is shown, our present is secured, and our future is settled!

George MacLeod, once said, of the cross, "Jesus was crucified, not in a cathedral between two candles; but, on a cross between two thieves." G.K. Chesterton, once said, "The cross cannot be defeated, for it is defeat." The great writer, Oswald Chambers, said it well, when he said, "All heaven ...

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