Alan Jackson performed the classic hymn The Old Rugged Cross written by an American hymn composer and preacher named George Bennard. It such a beautiful performance by one of the legends of Country Music!
The lyrics of The Old Rugged Cross are testament of how powerful the truth about our faith in Christ as evidenced by the cross. Here are some lines that really spells the message of the cross:
“In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.“
Alan Jackson Old Rugged Cross Live
“To some, the image of a pale body glimmering on a dark night whispers of defeat. What good is a God who does not control his Son’s suffering? But another sound can be heard: the shout of a God crying out to human beings, “I LOVE YOU.” Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to – because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice.Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God’s scheme ultimately leads back to the cross. ”- Philip Yancey