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.

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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.

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.

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,

Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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The Living Blood that Makes us Whole

We are again pleased to have Dennis Booth as our guest blogger this evening. He brings a fresh look about s0mething that happened to Jesus on the cross, and what it means to us. Enjoy.

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The Blood that Makes Us New

By Dennis Booth on Sunday, December 12th 2010

As our area is in the grip of flooding and my old home town may be the worst affected, a sense of sadness, depression and yes anger sits upon people who are affected; that it could all happen at this time of the year.

The time when most a few months ago would have been thinking this will be their best Christmas in a decade at least….now not gone up in smoke but drowned in water.

Yet God is faithful to his promises and we are told not to worry about what we shall eat, wear etc for He add all these things to us if we are faithful to Him.

For God as I walked this morning reminded me of His covenants and what they represent.

They are His special relationship, His bonding relationship with His people and not just the Jewish nation but to the Gentiles (us) through Jesus Christ.

So many of us I believe truly do not understand what a covenant is; we have had it explained but is it really clear and do we take it aboard as something not to forget.

I believe the Lord showed me this.

A covenant was set by the sacrifice initially of animals cut in half and as such blood flowed; those who were not cut in half were certainly slain so blood flowed.

But they were animals..not humans for God was not a God who would take a person’s life in such a way.

The blood represents the very life force of the animal for without it the heart stops and the body ceases to live.

Yet God gave the animals life as we know so that He can give and He can take away but in the sacrifice He gave back life in another way.

Man then decided that he could be God, he began to believe the lies of Satan in the Garden and deserted the covenant or did not want to know about it because it meant honouring it..and therefore God and God would abhor what they wanted.

We are not the first generation to begin to dessert God; they did at Sodom and Gomorrah, they did in the time of Noah and they have in other times.

God in His wisdom then sends His only begotten Son to give us another chance.

This time though the blood sacrifice is Jesus…this time we are to acknowledge a far greater sacrifice made for all mankind, not just one people, and for all eternity.

And this time Jesus spilt blood..but from his back, from his head but no at his death.

How many realise that when Jesus died on that cruel cross and those watching wanting to make sure he was dead, speared him in the side.

What came forth?

Not blood but water!

JESUS’ life force was intact; he was dead to our eyes but He was not to the very thing that gives life.

Yet it was water and Jesus was the Living Water but when water flowed from that side the living had passed on…but only water.

It is why at the Last Supper He spoke of the bread as His body and the wine as the blood of the new covenant.

He was giving us a chance of a new life in Him…a new body, a new creation.

The covenant of God is not simply a word statement but the very basis on which we exist but as I heard recently…never just say the New Testament is the Good News Bible; it could be misrepresented as saying the Old Testament is not.

God gave covenants from beginning; we have been giving the privilege of being party to it….it is how task for eternity to embrace it. 

 

 

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