Agonizomai: What a Savior!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What a Savior!

It is the certainty of judgment and the horror of our sin that make Christ all the more beautiful to us. When we see His utterly voluntary gift of standing in OUR place, suffering for OUR transgressions and tasting death for US against the backdrop of OUR hatred for Him, OUR contempt for His truth, His Lordship, His perfections and His graces - all brought to fruition in OUR utterly deliberate murder of Him; when we see this, then we are rendered speechless.

We are stopped in our tracks. Our mouth is closed. The light of the World has come in Christ, has shone in our darkness and the darkness which is us has been overcome by it.

Notice in this hymn Who the subject is. It is not about ME, but about Jesus. It's not about how I feel about Jesus (which would be to put the focus back in me) but about what Jesus has done (by which the true saint is moved to feeling things about Jesus, rather than just singing about how he feels).

Hallelujah, What a Savior!

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!

This beautiful Philip P. Bliss hymn comes to us from the Center for Church Music, whose site I urge you to visit. More particulars about this hymn can be found on this page.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh... wonderful hymn... Listening with headphones on. What a savior, indeed! We are truly stilled before Him.

8:16 am  
Blogger agonizomai said...


Thought you'd like it. And picturing you with your ear muffs on...



8:22 am  

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