May I never boast except in the cross of or Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
The cross is a strange symbol for a religion. Nowadays we would have adopted a gallows or the French a Guillotine. It is a symbol of execution. Yet it is a very correct symbol for a Christian. The Jews may have cut off their foreskins, but Christians have cut off their lives. They have been offered something better than this temporary strutting and fretting upon a stage. They have been offered eternal life and it starts now, not just when we die.
No wonder we boast in the cross, for it is through the death and Resurrection of Jesus that we obtain it. It takes us back to that sinless pre-fall life when we had complete communion with God. It is not our achievement but his.