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00416 - The Old Rugged Cross

"The Old Rugged Cross" was written by American Evangelist George Bennard in 1912. The hymn beautifully tells the crucifixion story. The cross symbolises suffering, shame, and sacrifice, yet it also exudes redemption through hope, forgiveness, and eternal life.

Galatians 6:14 captures the essence of the song's inspiration: ‘But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.’ (NKJV)

This highlights the centrality of the cross in the Christian faith and underscores the importance of finding our ultimate confidence in the sacrifice of Jesus. It serves as a reminder of God's love, mercy, and redemption found in the sacrifice of Jesus. As we sing this hymn, we are transported to the scene of Calvary, where the old rugged cross symbolises hope, salvation, and the ultimate triumph over sin and death.

Quote The cross was created by the person it carried. Never forget that.


Thank You for sending Your Son, oh Lord, how blessed I am. Amen.

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Watch this beautiful rendition of the song by Gather Music. To watch, click

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(NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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