Charles Spurgeon, The Power of the Cross:
But herein is a wonderful thing. The Lord Jesus has lost no influence by having been hanged upon the tree. Rather, it is because of His shameful death that He is able to draw all men unto Himself. His glory rises from His humiliation; His adorable conquest from His ignominious death. When He “became obedient unto death, event he death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8), shame cast no shame upon His cause but gilded it with glory. Christ’s death of weakness threw no weakness into Christianity, but rather it is the right arm of her power. By the sign of suffering unto death, the Church has conquered and will conquer still. By a love that is strong as death, she has always been victorious and must forever remain so.…The crucified Christ has irresistible attractions. When He stoops into the utmost suffering and scorn, even the brutal must relent. A living Savior men may love, but a crucified Savior they must love.