When we think of Easter and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we often think of the iconic hymn The Old Rugged Cross. The lyrics are rich:
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For the 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 wonderous 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 wonderous beauty I see;
For ’twas on that old rugged cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
George Bennard, 1912
Yet simply knowing and singing the hymn isn’t nearly enough. The cross on Calvary was where the unfathomable happened. Good Friday. The day Christ went to the cross for us. Words cannot convey the enormity. Jesus died for us!