The truth of Christ crucified is an anchor that holds fast the ship of faith in any tempest, however violent the storm of world or humanity.
You may lift up any text of Scripture you like, but if its truth does not rest upon the gospel of Jesus Christ lifted up as Moses lifted the serpent in the wilderness, it is vain philosophy and no gospel at all.
Proclaim grace all you wish, and shout the name of Jesus from rooftops, but those proclamations have no power except it come by God’s mercy preached in Christ crucified.
Preaching without Christ crucified is no gospel at all. It is a valley of dry bones with no prophet, no vision, no power, no God.
Mercy rejoiceth against judgment only because of Christ crucified: God’s just judgment upon His only begotten Son is the only mercy men have for salvation, and except that it come by faith in God’s precious declarations, there can be no rejoicing of the soul.