I pray that I'll never forget the terror my 17-year-old heart felt as I turned the pages of my Bible and discovered that I deserved eternity in hell. That gruesome discovery prepared me to receive the Good News that, by His death on the Cross, Jesus Christ paid my debt so that I can enjoy everlasting life with Him in heaven.
Can anyone appreciate the wonder of the Cross apart from truly confronting his or her absolute depravity? No. As long as someone continues in the delusion that he or she can contribute anything to his or her salvation, the Cross loses its significance...and its beauty. But when a person fully understands Christ's amazing love in suffering the wrath of God that rightly belonged to him or her (that rightly belonged to me!), the Cross symbolizes glorious freedom. And that freedom from sin and guilt indeed makes me happy.