The Old Rugged Cross
I usually check before the Sabbath to make sure I put up a song before the video message of Sabbath evening. At times I have several saved in my drafts.
And there may very well be one there? But tonight I looked for one on youtube.
It’s been a number of years since I thought about Chet Atkins. My dad loved his music.
My dad has been gone for a little over eighteen years now. One day I hope to see him again. When Jesus returns.
The Old Rugged Cross is a song that touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. You too?
I remember when I first came into the 7th Day Adventist Church and the congregation sang the song. I think I cried through the whole thing. I remember a woman turning around and looking at me. I didn’t care though, I admit I wasn’t ashamed one bit. Jesus IS the dearest and the best. And for a world of lost sinners, he was slain.
When I was around thirteen, our family started going to a Baptist Church regularly. I learned a lot of the old hymns then.
One day I’ll tell the story how I ended up in the 7th Day Adventist Church.
But for now, enjoy this instrumental and sing along if you like.
- 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.Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
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.