THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
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.
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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 dispised 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.
I stand firm in my faith. Good shall be victorious.
Contemplating the life and teachings of Jesus, I realize the emphasis should be on victory rather than sorrow, on Jesus’ triumph over death. His faith enabled him to stand firm. In faith, he proved that while appearances are transitory and conditions are changing, God’s love, life and power are changeless and undefeatable.
If the good in my life seems hard to grasp, I center myself in Truth. I am also a child of God and neither will I go down in defeat. God is with me and good is at work in my life. Clouds may seem dark for a time, I may feel I’ve lost my way, but as I stand firm in faith, light penetrates the darkness and I am lifted up.
Whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.–1 John 5:4