Holy Week

Holy Week

                                                      Holy Week

I have been studying the book of John in Bible Study Fellowship and you may know that this apostle gives a most compassionate and heart-rending story of Jesus’ crucifixion.

The love of God has never been more real than as I now go through Holy Week. I still find it almost impossible that the Creator of the universe could love me this much or that Jesus was so lovingly obedient to His Father for my sake and the sake of the world.

The hymn, The Old Rugged Cross, keeps coming to my mind. The words say it all.

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 someday 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

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

In the old rugged Cross, stain’d with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To pardon and sanctify me

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

To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true
Its shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away
Where his glory forever I’ll share

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

                         –George Bennard, 1913

          The attached article regarding the practice of crucifixion also humbly brings me to my knees with love and gratitude to God. It’s not an easy read, but is there if you wish to pursue.

May you have a blessed Holy Week. Think on your crown on life. Cross and crown go together don’t they? No cross, no crown.

 

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/403278

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jude Urbanski About Jude Urbanski

Jude Urbanski’s passions are ‘people and places.’ She writes women’s fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. Her stories invite you to heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude continues to write in this field also. Editing services complete Jude’s repertoire.

Comments

  1. Thanks, Jude. I love the Old Rugged Cross hymn. Thanks for sharing about the cross and the crown. We are so blessed to have such a loving Savior and Heavenly Father. Blessings this Resurrection weekend!

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  2. Cynthia, you are so right. God’s love is beyond our comprehension, but I am so thankful. Yes, He is risen!

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