1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (NIV) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Ephesians 2:16 (NIV) . . . and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV) 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God... will treat us without pity because he desires to raise us without measure—just as he did with his own Son on the cross! A. W. Tozer (Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World.)