Let’s Talk About The Old Rugged Cross

old rugged cross

Let’s Talk About The Old Rugged Cross

On the second Sunday of each month we
provide a service to the folks at The Oaks
Senior living facility.

This is a pleasant time for us as well as a time
where we learn something—- every time we
participate!

This week I’ve especially been thinking about
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS. 

Yes,,,, the actual song AND the meaning that
this Old Rugged Cross has for me….

Let’s begin by saying the folks at THE OAKS
really love the song, IN THE GARDEN.

So, in the song the garden is a place of
solitude when JESUS Himself can be
heard…. THE VOICE I HEAR, FALLING
ON MY EAR, THE SON OF GOD DISCLOSES…

Since Sunday April 5th is Easter Sunday, this
month I’m leading up to the events of the
crucifixion.

From the Garden to the Old Rugged Cross!

So…

After the Passover supper with the disciples
Jesus and the disciples went to the garden for
Jesus to pray.

Remember, Jesus, Peter, James and John went
with Jesus to a more secluded place in the garden.

Jesus asked the three disciples to “stay awake”
and pray so they may overcome temptations.
But on three occasions, Jesus came back to
the disciples and on each occasion they were
asleep.

This is where we hear the phrase, “What, COULD YOU
NOT WATCH WITH ME ONE HOUR?”

See, even the disciples had a difficult time
staying awake for one whole hour. After all
they had just finished eating and were full.

I’m saying all this just to remind myself that
an hour in the Garden is a good way to commune
with God… and listen to “the voice you hear”…

Looking into the whole “In the Garden” scene
one of the most significant events is JESUS’
willingness to submit to the Will of God.
“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass
from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as
You will.

SUBMISSION TO HIS HEAVENLY FATHER!

Now moving on to the Old Rugged Cross.

In the song, “The Old Rugged Cross” written
by George Bennard, we see each of his
verses show a reflection of JESUS.

He uses terms like:
Dearest and Best
(for a world of lost sinners was slain)
Lamb of God
(left HIS glory above to bear it to dark Calvary.)
Jesus suffered and died
(to pardon and sanctify me.)
Then He’ll call me some day
(to my home far away,
where His glory forever I’ll share.)

He also describes the cross as:
emblem of suffering and shame
so despised by the world
stained with blood so devine
it’s shame and reproach

Then George Bennard adds a refrain which
really describes how he feels about that
“Old Rugged Cross”.

In the refrain, he says:
“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 someday for a crown.”

Meditate on this for awhile because
on April 5th, we’ll celebrate the

The Resurrection…..

HE’S ALIVE AND I’M FORGIVEN,
HEAVEN’S GATES ARE OPEN WIDE!
HE’S ALIVE!!!!!! HE’S ALIVE!!!!

B-Blessed!

Jerry and Diane
www.NJoyFreedom.com
jerryNdiane@njoyfreedom.com

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