Spurgeon said, “The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary; the house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross–” And, O how true that is! Our consolation is indeed found at a hill called Mt. Calvary. From that mount flows mercy. From Golgotha we find grace. In the cross is our confidence. From the cross is our comfort.
The cross is crucial! From the Savior’s suffering and sacrifice comes salvation. From His agony comes access and assurance. By it we are saved, secured, sanctified, sustained and satisfied. It is there, and only there, that we are able to triumph over sin, death, hell, and the grave. It is the hill of help and hope for hell-bound sinners. Here they find happiness of the highest sort.
By His death we are delivered. In His sacrifice we are saved. From His crucifixion we find comfort. Of His suffering we sing. With His offering we are over-joyed.
Look there for salvation— it procures redemption.
Live there for sanctification— it provides renewal.
Linger there for satisfaction— it produces rejoicing.
Our very survival depends on always “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”(Heb. 12:2). We must “consider Him”(Heb. 12:3) with confidence, for counsel, courage, and comfort. Those who are distracted from Him get discouraged– they grow weary and faint. Those focused on Him endure.
It is on that hill of hope that we see the character of the world, the compassion of the Father, the commitment of Christ, the cost of salvation, and the consequences of sin. And since “He died for all” (2 Cor. 5:15) there is room at the cross for you. Leave the valley of death, doom, and despair, and look to the hill of hope. As the old song says, “Though millions have come, there is still room for one. There’s room at the cross for you”. There you will find help, hope, and happiness. Linger no longer in the valley of doom and gloom. Come to Calvary and find comfort in Christ.