Hallelujah, What a Savior


And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God (Revelation 19:1)

Hallelujah, What a Savior is undoubtedly one of my top ten favorite hymns and it’s author, Philip B. Bliss, is second to only Fanny Crosby as my most liked song author. The song was often sang as a congressional hymn in my youth at the Highland Park Baptist Church. Hallelujah, What a Savior offers adoring praise to our savior Jesus Christ and tells the story about our helpless lost condition outside of the atonement through His own blood.

Christ is the Lamb of God: The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Not only is He the Lamb of God, Christ is the spotless Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:18). Philippians 2:6-8 tells us: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross . The Bible prophesied in the day of Adam in the book of Genesis that God’s seed would destroy Satan and be a savior for Adam’s seed: I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Gen 3:15).

Yet, man in his sinful condition rejected Christ and most men still reject Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth (Isaiah 53:3-7).

So the Lamb of God gave his life for our transgressions. Yet He could not be a savior had He remained dead (1 Cor 15:13-14) but he rose from the grave! For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15:3-5). And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again (2 Cor 5:15). No religion has ever been able to put forth a god that was born among men, gave his life for sinners and then rose from the grave conquering death; not one save Christianity. The dead god’s and statues of all other religions have no power to save anyone. No man or woman can forgive a person’s sins. Hallelujah to my Savior, Jesus Christ!

Christ is coming back for his children, even me. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thes 2:16-17). Is there a god or a man other than Christ, who is God, that can resurrect the dead? No!

In Heaven we will worship the Lamb. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready (Rev 19:6-7).

Philip B. Bliss wrote the lyrics and music to Hallelujah What a Savior a little bit before his tragic death in 1875. Just a few days after writing the song Mr. Bliss had visited a state prison in Michigan where, after a touching address on “The Man of Sorrows” he sang this hymn with great ef fect. Many of the prisoners testified of being saved on that day (source: http://www.cyberhymnal.org).

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!

Christ is the faithful savior of all that place their trust in him (John 3:14-16).

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