The Old Rugged Cross

Connie Sanchez

Galatians 6:14 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.

This well known hymn was written by George Bennard in 1913.  He was a born in Ohio at the end of the Civil War and came to Christ through the work of the Salvation Army. After his father's death when he was sixteen he had to work to support his family.  Ultimately he was able to attend seminary and became a traveling evangelist.

During a difficult time in his ministry he realized he needed to have a better understanding of the power of the cross.  The cross became "more than a symbol" to him as he saw the it as the theme of redemption.  After several months the words and music to this hymn were completed and he shared it with a friend who paid for it to be published so it could be shared with the world. 

It has been sung by many famous people throughout the years and  today it still carries a message that never grows old. Even though the cross is often "despised by the world" I pray we never forget that the "dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain".

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