Good Friday turns us to the cross, and to his eyes, and we hear these words, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” We see in that cross a love so amazing, so divine, that it loves us even when we turn away from it, or spurn it, or crucify it. There is no faith in Jesus without understanding, that on the cross we see into the heart of God and find it filled with mercy for the sinner. . . whoever he or she may be.

“Exalt the Cross! God has hung the destiny of the race upon it. Other things we may do in the realm of ethics, and on the lines of philanthropic reforms; but our main duty converges into setting that one glorious beacon of salvation, Calvary’s Cross, before the gaze of every immortal soul.”

– Theodore Ledyard Cuyler