How can a day that celebrates a brutal death, the killing of One sinless be called 'good' except that it was all part of God's perfect plan and brought about a 'good' that could come by no other means? The significance of that day two thousand years ago is not lost on Christians. And while then the disciples and friends mourned and were saddened at the death of One they loved, we, with the knowledge of the Resurrection Sunday, mourn for our part in the act: for our sin that puts us in the crowd with those who cried 'Crucify Him', for our sin that drove the nails into His Hands, for our indifference to His suffering ...
The Blood deals with what we have done, whereas the Cross deals with what we are. The Blood disposes of our sins, while the Cross strikes at the root of our capacity for sin. --Watchman Nee
Salvation is not some felicitous state to which we can lift ourselves by our own bootstraps after the contemplation of sufficiently good examples. It is an utterly new creation into which we are brought by our death in Jesus' death and our resurrection in his. It comes not out of our own best efforts, however well-inspired or successfully pursued, but out of the shipwreck of all human efforts whatsoever. --Robert Farrer Capon
To abandon all, to strip one's self of all, in order to seek and follow Jesus Christ naked to Bethlehem where He was born, naked to the hall where He was scourged, and naked to Calvary where He died on the cross, is so great a mystery that neither the thing nor the knowledge of it, is given to any but through faith in the Son of God.-- John Wesley
The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Saviour from Hell rather than a Saviour from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness. --Arthur W. Pink
As long as we think we can save ourselves by our own will power, we will only make the evil in us stronger than ever. -- Heini Arnold