Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "Hallelujah! What a Savior!"

It is Resurrection Sunday! (Also known as Easter Sunday.) Today we celebrate our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Not only did He die for our sins, but He conquered death itself so that we might have life in Him! Hallelujah!

This week's hymn really speaks to the purpose of Christ, so I thought it would be a good one for today. It's written by Philip Bliss, and was written shortly before his death. Bliss was a preacher and a hymnwriter in the 19th century.

Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Philip P. Bliss

This hymn tells the story of Christ's purpose on earth, recounts His suffering and death, and the glory of our risen Savior in five short verses. What a name! What a Savior!

Be blessed and shine in praise!

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