The Old Rugged Cross


There {Cross} Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when He celebrated His victory.

~Colossians 2:15, CEV


 I love that old cross, where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain.

~George Bennard

I had some unusual experiences last week: some I can share and some I must keep to myself for the time being. On Saturday, I attended four COLS’s although I admit I didn’t get to hear the entire service of two of those. I got home about 4:00 pm, changed clothes and showered and then went to the Block Party which I am still in awe of–wow, what a week and what a turn out for DBC workers–Joe David has to be thankful. I came home early from the BP to prepare for Sunday but I was so tired that I just went to bed. I don’t know if fatigue or stress had anything to do with it but as we began communion Sunday morning, our pianist played a beautiful rendition of the OLD RUGGED CROSS. The Spirit moved me to ask Dale and the congregation to sing one verse of this old hymn and they did, BUT I was unable to sing. My emotions welled up in me and I wept as they sang: it was the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard. Just thinking of what Christ did on the CROSS moved me…Wow! What a Savior!

I really like what Paul says in Colossians 2 about the CROSS. At the CROSS, God wiped out the charges that were against us for violating His law. He took all our sins and He nailed them to the cross with Jesus. As incredible as it sounds: that was our moment of VICTORY and now the whole world knows it. Jesus secured our victory over sin and death at the cross. The cross that was so despised by the world became the instrument of our salvation. Now people wear the cross as a piece of jewelry. Had someone in the Greco-Roman world wore a cross on a necklace folks would have thought they were crazy. It would be like folks today wearing an emblem of an electric chair on a necklace. If Jesus death on the cross doesn’t move you; there is no hope for you.

I guess I can say my 70th was the best birthday I’ve ever had: got over 20 text which is a lot for me and probably three times that many of FB. Plus I got 6 cards or so. The kids and grands came over, it was a good day.

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