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It really all comes down to this–God became man and showed us how to live. Then he showed us how to die. His sacrifice changed the world–and it changed me. No matter what I gain, what I lose or what circumstance may occur in my life, at the end of each day that old rugged cross still remains the emblem of victory for us in the amazing journey. I am so grateful that God loved me and that he was willing to be that sacrifice for me ad for you.
On this weekend, when we celebrate the death burial and Resurrection of our Lord my prayer is that I cling to the old rugged cross and that I exchange it one day for that crown.
Old Rugged Cross—By George Bernard
- On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
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.
- Oh, 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.
- 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.
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.