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On a hill far away

stood an old rugged cross.

The emblem of suffering and shame.


And on that rugged cross

hung the dearest and best

for a world of lost sinners

was slain.


And the moment I saw from my Lord

His pure blood dripping down from His brow.

I will weep at the foot of that cross

for in dying, my life is saved now.


To the Lord up above

who is my substitute,

my shame and reproach gladly bared.


By His blood He will claim

all my sins washed away

so His Glory forever I'll share.


So then perished my sins on that cross

where my trophies at last I laid down,

as I picked up that old rugged cross

to exchange it some day for my crown.
Edit: I restored few lines and corrected some of my own in this revision, hopefully to more closely depict the theme of repentance.
Please tell me what you think of it.

"The Old Rugged Cross" is a popular Christian song written in 1912 by George Bennard (1873-1958)

The original complete lyrics here :pointr: [link]
You can listen to the melody of the first stanza here (win media) :pointr: [link]
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krystalfoxjr09 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Student Photographer
i love it
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:iconthe-biblical-serpent:
So happy to hear that and thanks for the fave!
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krystalfoxjr09 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Student Photographer
:) thax
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009   General Artist
You know, I just thought about something. In the image, the cross is created by a lens flare, you couldn't see the cross without that lens. I think there's something there about seeing God in everything.
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The-Biblical-Serpent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Yes, the cross shape is an optical effect.
I found this in a photobucket and thought it perfect for this postng. :)
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fefifefum Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Is it possible I could receive a copy of this photo?

I think it is lovely and an entirely different yet piercing perspective of the cross. 
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009   General Artist
Beautiful pic =) And of course the song is familiar to me. Not my favorite; I think I prefer the tune of Beneath the Cross of Jesus (I forgot the actual title of that song, but that might be it). I can't quite pick out the changes you've made though, I guess I haven't heard the song in a long time.

I'm not sure this song focuses on repentance as much as it focuses on Christ's sacrifice. Which is awesome in itself, of course! Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death! =) But about repentance, you know it's a constant struggle against your own will and against sin and the ways of the World. Oh man, if only I could remember the songs I'm thinking of... I didn't bring my song book to cali with me, sadly. But I'll be back in 2 weeks to Texas =)

Very cool image. =)
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The-Biblical-Serpent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Thank you. :aww: I'll look up that song title.

I have so many favorites, but I tend to be moved by those that focus on the reason for his death.
Those who don't want to accept accountability for his death it will become their condemnation; but by confessing to it, it becomes a sacrifice for us.

What I learned is that's the only thing that will cause repentance, that we should see ourself on that cross with our own sins, but Jesus said "No, your soul is too costly a price for your sins, I'll take accountability for your sins and it's wages that you may live".
The reason people struggle in their own strength instead of God's strength against sin, self-will and the world is because they don't truly know if they've ever been truly forgiven, especially when constantly falling in the same sin.
The first thing everyone should do, even long after baptism, is to personally ask the Father that He reveal to you in such a way that you'll know you're forgiven, so there's no more wavering and doubt which satan has constantly buffeted you with to get you to lose sight and sin again.

This is wonderful, I love your comments :dalove: sharing and receiving spiritual insight with Him in the mist!

Oh, in 2 weeks? you'll be in Texas and me in Colorado. Haha! :lol:
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009   General Artist
I'm reading a really great book at the moment, which is called Unseen Warfare. It's about the fight against sin. I love how it points out that all our efforts all our struggling against sin, no matter how hard we get by ourselves, if we trust in ourselves, we lose. Because the only way to win is to constantly trust in God, because there is nothing good that does not come from Him, and it's not like a general sends his warriors out into the field defenseless. In fact, the whole host of angels and Christ Himself are guarding us in our fight, if only we rely on Him and stop going out on our own and getting lost. I'm still trying to come to terms with that in my own life and attitude. I think I've become way too self-reliant, especially since I got a job and am trying to make a career. It's easy to think that I myself have done these things. But it would be nothing, were it not for the work of God in me! And anything good I have attained is because of Him and not of my own effort.

I guess I was just drawing a delineation between Conviction and Repentance. Because to me Repentance is turning from sin, and Conviction is the moment of realization. But God be glorified in all and by all! =) Spiritual insight is the only important kind of insight, I'm learning. God bless you.
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The-Biblical-Serpent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
Oh! That sound like a very good book! Who is the author? I want to look at it!

It's true what the title say; there is a spiritual warfare that's veiled from our eyes in our sinful flesh.
That's why with our own eyes we can't see anything beyond the curse of this sinful world that's ever present before us.

Like king David crying out "My sin is ever before me!"
The flesh truly is a veil as was Jesus' before his death.

But when he died, the veil in the temple was rent in two, thus we all now have free access in faith to go boldly before the Father's throne where Jesus is right now representing us as forgiven and laying claim to his righteousness he offered to us as a gift.

What I just described can't be seen with our natural eyes but only with faith without which it is impossible to please Him. It's real, and happening now because Jesus said so and I believe him.

"In my Father's house are many mansions; If not I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Jn 14:1

He said that to assure us. If he can see me there why can't I? Because His Word, His promise which He put above even His own Name ought to be enough to help my unbelief and keep faith in Him. - Otherwise I make Him a liar, God forbid!

He saw Nathaniel under the fig tree, and Nathaniel believed. So I know He sees you and me there too! :) No wonder Paul said "The Kingdom is in you".

You can see a difference. Jesus physically now in heaven and his Spirit, thoughts, and motives down here in us and convicts us when we don't respond to him. --And we here on earth are told by Paul we are already citizens of heaven and should not wait until we get there but live like we already are. Amazing!

So yeah - I'd like to know where to get that book you're reading!

Sorry for the long reply. Think other people actually gonna read this?
Ha! I see no shame in it.
Thanks for all you shared in the last post!
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