The Old Rugged Cross

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We have our regular guest blogger for the second month of each month here tonight. She has a perfect post for the Easter season. She talks about one of my favorite songs. The Old Rugged Cross.


The Old Rugged Cross

I cannot sing and cry at the same time. Therefore, I never sing “The Old Rugged Cross.” You see, I had a precious grandmother whom I adored. She loved to sing the old hymns, loud and off-key. And that hymn was one of her favorites. I can still hear her voice ringing in my memory. Jesus has been listening to her sing for the last 56 years. I’m sure she sings much better now.

George Bennard, a Methodist evangelist, wrote the first verse of “The Old Rugged Cross” in 1912 and finished the hymn one year later. It is said that during one of his revival meetings, Bennard suffered ridicule when some youths heckled him. After which, he experienced a life struggle.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the first verse and chorus…

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.

The One dying for the world’s sins carried a rugged crossbeam that fateful day…

A large, jeering crowd, intermingled with a great many mourners, moved toward Golgotha’s hill on the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Grief). A man, whipped beyond recognition, stumbled in agony under the weight of His crossbeam.

So disfigured and injured was He that the soldiers “laid hold on one Simon, a Cyrenean…and on his shoulders they put the cross, for him to carry it behind Jesus.” (Luke 23:26 Weymouth)

Jesus said to His disciples…

“If anyone desires to come after Me,

let him deny himself,

and take up his cross,

and follow Me.”

(Matt. 16:24 NKJV)

Matthew Henry wrote, “In taking up the cross, we must follow Christ’s example, and bear it as he did.”

Is it our heart’s desire to trail behind in the footsteps of Jesus so that we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him daily? I say as Paul did, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Phil. 3:10 NIV)

My heart has been to Golgotha’s hill. The agony of that cross pierced the depth of my soul. My life received the precious blood of salvation poured out at the foot of that cross, washing me with the Savior’s forgiveness, cleansing me of all my sins.

Therefore, I will deny myself, take up that old rugged cross, and follow Christ daily.
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.

How about you? Will you deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus daily?

From His feet,



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Should we Open our Doors to a Person of a Different color?

I Couldn’t see the Forest Through the Tress

I spent the whole day today looking at trees. No, I am not a logger. We had two trees taken out of our backyard, and we are looking for two trees to take their place. Let me know what kind of trees you recommend that are 20 feet or lower, plus provide some shade.

It was a daunting attempt as we went from nursery to nursery. I have never seen so many different kinds of trees. So many trees and so many different varieties in each kind of tree.

It reminded me of the diversity we have in the world. So many nationalities, colors, creeds, and cultures. 

Think about that for a minute. Do you open your door to a a person of a different color? Would you allow a Muslim in your home? Is an atheist allowed to sit with you? How about a homeless person?

Is that person, who has burns all over their body and is disfigured revolting to you? 

Some people go through each day deciding if they will accept someone. They check out their home to see if it is a good home. They see what kind of car they have. They are curious as to how much money they make.

They put all this together to see if that person is acceptable.  

Let’s check out what Jesus would do. Did he stay away from the lepers when they were so disfigured and sickly? No. Did He condemn the woman who was a prostitute? No. Did He turn His back on the thief that was on the cross next to Him? No. Did He feel the Gentiles should be outcasts because they weren’t Jewish? No.

I think you get the picture. Our Lord and Savior commanded us to love our neighbor. He didn’t say for us to love just the rich neighbors. He didn’t say that we should leave out the poor neighbors, or the sickly neighbors. We are to love each and every one of them, warts and all.

What about our churches? Shouldn’t we keep out the alcoholic, drug infested, and adultery type people? If we selected just the good people, the churches would be empty! 

We have all come short of the glory of God.

We need of be humble enough to accept all of those around us. That doesn’t mean we have to accept their habits, or behaviors, but we need to love them as sons and daughters of God. He will judge them at the given time. Our job is to guide them the best we can through the truth of the Word.

Each of us have had our down times. Times when we weren’t acceptable in the eyes of God. Times that we would rather forget. No one is perfect. Only our Lord and Savior who came to this earth in human form stayed perfect.

So starting today, let’s all think again about our fellow man. Reach out to the good, bad, and ugly. Sincerely love them and they will see that they will want to be like you enough to open their hearts to God through you.

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