“The whole value of the meditation of the suffering of Christ lies in this, that man should come to the knowledge of himself and sink and tremble. If you are so hardened that you do not tremble, then you have reason to tremble. Pray to God that he may soften your heart and make fruitful your meditation upon the suffering of Christ, for we of ourselves are incapable of proper reflection unless God instills it.” – Martin Luther, Adapted from his “Easter Book,” quoted from “Jesus, keep me near the Cross”
In the lead up to Easter, it is good to once again turn our gaze to the Cross and the empty tomb. The whole event, however, has become so familiar that is easy to miss the richness, depth of beauty, and power of the cross. I am thankful, therefore, for the small book edited by Nancy Guthrie. “Jesus, Keep me near the Cross” is a collection of invaluable sermon and book excerpts written by 25 preachers from Saint Augustine to Tim Keller. The short (max of 8 pages) messages each pack a powerful punch. From the events leading to the Cross to the specific words Christ said while giving up his life, every aspect of this defining moment in history is dissected and preached piercingly right to the heart.
I am humbled to say that I’ve gone through many Easters since being a Christian without truly contemplating the Cross of Christ. If there is any moment in our Savior’s life that we should seek to understand, it is this one moment. I encourage you to buy this book and benefit from its boundless wisdom and insight.