Christ and him crucified, is the only hope of the sinner. Here is the only substantial, permanent foundation of all our hopes. “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” A crucified Christ is the only hope of the world. In vain do we hope for salvation from any other source. “Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.”
The Lord alone is the salvation and strength of his people. The Christian boldly exclaims, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” There is but one refuge provided for a lost world. That refuge is Christ crucified. It is a “strong refuge.” “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run into it and are safe.”
None are safe outside of Christ. He is the only refuge from the storms of divine wrath that will one day sweep away the ungodly world. “But to the poor, O Lord, you are a refuge from the storm. To the needy in distress, you are a shelter from the rain and the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall.” Christ will shield all who come to him. No sinner ever perished that “fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.”
In the arms of Christ, we are safe for time- and safe for eternity. An almighty Savior has said concerning his chosen flock, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.” What a blessed ark of safety for perishing sinners! Christ and him crucified! Happy they who are enclosed in this new testament ark! They will survive every storm, and amid the wreck of a crumbling world, ride safely and triumphantly into the harbor of immortal glory! Happy they whose lives are hidden with Christ in God; when Christ who is their life shall appear, they shall appear with him in glory. “Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord.”
~Harsha, David. excerpt from Christ, and Him Crucified, 1856.