It is more than a couple of pieces of wood.
It is more than a form of punishment.
It is more than an “emblem of suffering and shame.”
And it is definitely more than just “old and rugged”.
But it is something to cling too, because that is where my Lord Jesus went after leaving His glory above.
When was the last time you reflected on the Cross of Christ? Close your eyes and picture the scene on Calvary’s hill, and recite John 3:16.
That is exactly what George Bennard did in 1913 when he wrote the song The Old Rugged Cross. Can you see the sky? Can you feel the sadness? Can you hear the nails being hit? Can you feel the hammer in your hand ? Perhaps most of all , can you feel the freedom?
As Youth Pastors, we understand that Forgiveness came from the Father when Jesus died on the cross for you and me, but freedom comes through it when we die to ourselves on it daily. I believe it is our job as mentors and student pastors to help students to not only understand what the cross accomplished, but to also understand the importance of dying to ourselves on a daily basis, and what that looks like.
A sad truth is that most of our students have never been truly impacted by the Gospel, because the adults in their lives have failed to live it out. We need to make sure we live it to the fullest and allow our students to witness it in our lives.
The song also says in the 3rd stanza “To the Old Rugged Cross I will ever be true,its shame and reproach gladly bear.” If this is true for you then please be true to the Lord by making sure you live out your faith.
Our faith, forgiveness, and freedom is all based on what happened on that cross. It is sad to know that a push is being made in churches for the cross to be removed from our buildings, just so that people can be comfortable. Jesus was not comfortable while He was on it, so why should I be when it is place before me. I stand beside Paul when he wrote in Galatians 6:14 “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…”