Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission for Christ

Worship Team Meditation: The Old Rugged Cross

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 3CrossesOn a hill faraway 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.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

till my glories at last I lay down.

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

and exchange it someday for a crown.

The perfect Savior of the world died on a criminal’s cross. At the foot of the cross, watching her son’s blood and breath drain away, stood Jesus’ mother. Grieving alongside her were her best friends. We don’t know how many of Jesus’ 12 disciples stayed throughout that horrible day of agony. At least one disciple remained, the one whom Jesus loved, probably John, the writer of this account in John 19. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

such a wonderful beauty I see;

For ‘twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died

to pardon and sanctify me.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

till my glories at last I lay down.

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

and exchange it someday for a crown.

The word of God made flesh takes our sin into his flesh to pay our debt. The all-powerful son of the eternal God became a caring son to his earthly mother. The one who calls all to be his disciples assigned a single disciple to care for a single person. So many amazing paradoxes converge at the cross of Christ. Is there room at the cross for one more? See Jesus looking from the cross into your eyes. Who in this world has he assigned to your care? Will you take them into your heart, your home, your heaven?  — Mark Powers

Bennard, “The Old Rugged Cross,” Public Domain.


Author: Mark Powers

Worship Pastor, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia SC - April 1, 2018 to present Former Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC: 2008 - 2018 Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Empowering YOU for Powerful Worship Leading! Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail mark@riverlandhills.org or call 803-640-9037. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

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