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Salvation Stories 13: Our Favorite Gospel Hymns: The Old Rugged Cross

Salvation Stories Day 13 – Our Favorite Gospel Hymns: The Old Rugged Cross

What attraction might there be in the cross, in a crude place of torment where suffering and shame cloaked the scene? And yet the cross is the most beautiful place our hearts can visit—a place of hope for the lost.

It is only here, at the cross, that our soul’s greatest need can be met. As Christ breathed His last, He made it possible for the heavy and hopeless burden of our sin to be lifted. Have you come to the foot of the cross and had the debt that your sin requires settled?

If ever a place was to be cherished, Calvary’s cross surely qualifies. And as we, His people, one day see our Savior in a place of victory, we’ll joyfully and willingly lay down our crowns at His precious, nail-scarred feet. How we long for that day. Will you be there?

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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.

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.

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 that 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.

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.

 —George Bennard (1873-1958)

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