"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," Isaac Watts
- Written by Danny Byrum Danny Byrum
“See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?" As we ponder the Easter chronicle, how can we not tremble?
We do not, however, need to tarry three days to realize the significance of Golgotha. The consequences of the cross were simultaneously being embodied in the Temple. “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Matthew 27:50-51.
So, what do we make of this? What significance does the torn veil have for us today? Above all, the tearing of the veil at the moment of Jesus’ death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient atonement for sins. It signified that now the way into the Holy of Holies was open to all people. When Jesus died, God would never again dwell in a temple made with human hands. If the concurrent earthquake had ripped the thick veil, it would have been from bottom to top. The great “I Am” ripped the veil from top to bottom. Hallelujah!
“Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”