The First Hundred

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Old Rugged Cross

I was in the church office yesterday, putting together materials for our Good Friday and Easter worship services. We'll be singing this old favorite. It always touches my heart; and while I do cherish the cross, I worship the One who bore my sins there.

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

Refrain

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

Refrain

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

Refrain

12 Comments:

  • At 4/13/2006 10:47 AM, Blogger Rachel said…

    Great song!! I haven't heard that one sung in church in a long time. I may have to request that we do so.

    Thanks for the great reminder of the one who gave his life for us.

     
  • At 4/13/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger Kc said…

    One of my all time favorites too. The words go straight to my heart. May God bless you and your family through this most special time of rememberance.

     
  • At 4/13/2006 6:20 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said…

    There is power and great reverence in hymns.
    Happy and Blessed Easter to you and your family.

     
  • At 4/13/2006 8:54 PM, Anonymous Mimi said…

    I remember it best from when Phil sang it at Grandpa Monte's funeral. It touched my heart then - and now.

     
  • At 4/13/2006 11:36 PM, Blogger EmmaSometimes said…

    I love that song..makes me cry every time.(right up there with It Is Well With My Soul)

     
  • At 4/14/2006 5:21 AM, Blogger John Cowart said…

    The Cross is what it's all about.

     
  • At 4/14/2006 3:18 PM, Anonymous Lorna said…

    I loved the way you distinguished the difference. I don't know what to make of the veneration of the Cross. For me it's all about Jesus Christ, not the cross on which it all happened.

    Thank you for sharing

     
  • At 4/15/2006 12:04 AM, Blogger McSwain said…

    With every one of these hymns that you post, a flood of memories comes back. And as I sing to myself, the meaning of those words I know so well comes to me in a way I never could have understood as a child. Thanks.

     
  • At 4/15/2006 9:13 AM, Blogger Aunt Jo said…

    Wonderful song full of truth....

     
  • At 4/15/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Badoozie said…

    the words to old hymns are constantly popping into my head. i spent years and years in a church that sang old hymns. they are a part of my life. i sometimes go ahead and belt them out, and my son tells me to stop? what is wrong with him. i must receive help for him.

     
  • At 4/15/2006 2:14 PM, Blogger An Ordinary Christian said…

    "Till my trophies at last I lay down;
    I will cling to the old rugged cross" Those trophies....I wonder what they look like - considering others better than myself, letting the things of the world pass away, casting my cares upon Him, having my thoughts glorify Him. Meanwhile the world says to my flesh, "desire this," and "desire that," and while Abraham enjoyed having Isaac, the Lord Himself was his very great reward. Likewise, even wonderful gifts from the Lord can be put into improper perspective. Well, anyway, thanks for listening and God bless you.

     
  • At 4/17/2006 4:46 AM, Blogger audrey` said…

    This is one of my favourite hymns :)
    It was sung twice during my church's Good Friday Service.

    Cherish the old rugged cross...

     

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