The old rugged cross

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 some day for a crown.
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.
In the 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.
Leigh Powell

United Kingdom

This is a sentimental hymn, but the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ was far from sentimental. On the cross of Calvary, Jesus bore the sins of the world in agony, both from his bodily pain and wounds, and also from the spiritual pain of bearing the world's sins AND enduring separation from His Heavenly Father (My God , my God why hast thou forsaken me? - the sins parted God the Father from His Son, Jesus, as God is Holy and sin is abhorrent to Him).

To go to Heaven a person must be born again of God through repentance and God-given faith in the gospel.


Accra, Ghana

Indeed, on that cross I received mercies.

Tim Ou

Austin, Texas, United States

On that cross Jesus died to sanctify and pardon me.

Prince Emmanuel

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Thanks so much for this song. It remind me of the death of Christ for me and the whole world.

Adaoma Jesus

Owerri, Imo, Nigeria

This hymn make makes me grow in spirit.

Funke Adebola

Lagos, Nigeria

This song reminds me any time I come to it, God love displayed in Christ to me.

Anonymous Sister

United States

Thank you.



Thanks. so nice!


One in a million

Olufemi Oyetunji

Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria

Great, the song reawakens my spirit.