“He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death– even to death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:8

The Old Rugged Cross

Verse 1:
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring 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 trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Verse 2:
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised 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.


Verse 3:
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.


Verse 4:
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear.
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.



Words and Music: George Bennard (1873-1958)
Words and Music public domain.
pianist: E. Zacek