The cross is often not preached as the New Testament presents it. The work of Calvary is not a defeat in any sense. Rather, it is a glorious victory of love! Read with wonder and holy appreciation these words from C. H. Mackintosh (1820-1896), and let us all join anew in praising our God for Calvary's victory:
"We behold, at the cross, the marvellous meeting of enmity and love -- sin and grace. Man displayed at Calvary, the very height of his enmity against God. God, blessed forever be His name, displayed the height of His love. Hatred and love met; but love proved victorious. God and sin met; God triumphed, sin was 'put away' (Hebrews 9:26), and now, at the resurrection side of the cross, the eternal Spirit announces the glad tidings, that 'grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord' (Romans 5:21). At the cross, the battle was fought and the victory won; and now the liberal hand of sovereign grace is scattering far and wide the spoils of victory."
When I survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of glory died;
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.