Christianity is growing so rapidly in Communist China that in recent years concerned authorities in the province of Zhejiang have toppled crosses from more than 400 churches. But though the symbol may be destroyed, the message can never be. The hymn the Old Rugged Cross, tells the story of the cross like few other hymns. Its words catch the essence of Jesus’ death for us all. “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 a world of lost sinners was slain.” It is based on the truth found in the gospel of John chapter three, verse sixteen. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The message of the cross is changing lives here and everywhere in the world, including China.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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