Hallelujah, What a Savior

Musicians: Shannan Saju & Anselm Bradley
Hymnist: Philip P. Bliss | Lyrics

“Man of Sorrows” – what a name, indeed!

To be called such seems a sad and unfortunate thing. For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to be called such, even more so. But from the world’s perspective, a “Man of Sorrows” indeed He was – dying such a wretched death at the hands of His own people. 

I can’t even remember when I first heard this hymn. It’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. But oh, how I love these precious words penned by Bliss! What a reminder of the sacrifice Christ made for us! This hymn beautifully summarizes the greatest gift mankind has ever received:

R  E  D  E  M  P  T  I  O  N.

Jesus Christ – this Man of Sorrows, came to this world to reclaim us! We were a guilty, vile, and helpless people, ruined by sin. But this Man of Sorrows bore our shame and stood in our place.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

He sealed our pardon – not with the blood of goats or bulls, but with His own precious blood! Complete forgiveness, no strings attached. This Man of Sorrows atoned for our sins once and for all, leaving nothing else for us to do but praise Him for His grace and love.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Today, this “Man of Sorrows” sits enthroned in Heaven. His is the name above all names. Yes – this name! This name the world views as sad and unfortunate is exalted above all others! And you know what else? This Man of Sorrows will return to take those He ransomed back Home with Him. And in that moment, again and forever we will sing,

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

I love this Man of Sorrows. I have failed Him many times; I have grieved His heart more times than I care to admit. But He carried my sorrows and made them His own so that I could live in the pure joy and bliss of His presence.

Perhaps this name of His, “Man of Sorrows,” is not indicative of who He is, but rather of what He bore for us. He carried our sin – the very reason for our sorrows – upon His back for us. 

Today, whenever I hear this song, I can’t help but smile when that last verse starts:

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

This is where my Hope resides.

In the face of my struggles and failures, my shortcomings and weaknesses, I remember that this earthly place is not my home and that these difficult times are not unending. One day, this Man of Sorrows will return for me and I will be made complete in Him. One day, this Man of Sorrows will take me Home and eternity will finally begin, and I will sing with more clarity than ever before,

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. | Isaiah 53:3-5

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