Our Great Savior by J. Wilbur Chapman, 1859-1918

September 14


J. Wilbur Chapman, 1859–1918
  Our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:13, 14)
  To the artist, Christ is the one altogether lovely.
  To the builder, He is the sure foundation.
  To the doctor, He is the great physician.
  To the geologist, He is the Rock of Ages.
  To the sinner, He is the Lamb of God who cleanses and forgives sin.
  To the Christian, Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, our great Savior.

Through the centuries, artists and poets who have been impressed with Christ have tried valiantly to present His portrait both with brush and pen. Yet even the noblest efforts of these dedicated men and women seem feeble and inadequate.

Evangelist J. Wilbur Chapman has provided a worthy text extolling various attributes of Christ as they relate to our personal lives: “Friend of sinners,” “Lover of my soul,” “Strength in weakness,” “My victory, help in sorrow, comfort, guide, keeper, pilot.” Finally, after reviewing everything that Christ means to a believer, we can do no better than to respond with Chapman’s refrain: “Hallelujah! what a Savior! Hallelujah! what a Friend!”

“Our Great Savior” first appeared in its present form in the hymnal Alexander’s Gospel Songs, No. 2, published in 1910.

  Jesus! what a Friend for sinners! Jesus! Lover of my soul. Friends may fail me, foes assail me; He, my Savior, makes me whole.
  Jesus! what a strength in weakness! Let me hide myself in Him; tempted, tried, and sometimes failing, He, my strength, my vict’ry wins.
  Jesus! what a help in sorrow! While the billows o’er me roll, even when my heart is breaking, He, my comfort, helps my soul.
  Jesus! what a guide and Keeper! While the tempest still is high, storms about me, night o’er-takes me, He, my Pilot, hears my cry.
  Jesus! I do now receive Him; more than all in Him I find; He hath granted me forgiveness; I am His, and He is mine.
  Chorus: Hallelujah! what a Savior! Hallelujah! what a Friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end.

For Today: Luke 7:34; Romans 3:24, 25; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:18; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 5:9

Give Christ the praise of your heart for all that He really means in life—in your vocation, pursuits, personal relationships … Use this musical expression to carry your praise—

Osbeck, K. W.


  • The Son of man is come, and eateth, and drinketh: and ye say, Behold, a man which is glutton, and a drinker of wine, a friend of Publicans and sinners: Luke 7:34
  • And are justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Whom God hath set forth to be a reconciliation through faith in his blood to declare his righteousness, by the forgiveness of the sins that are passed, Romans 3:24, 25
  • By whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, according to his rich grace: Ephesians 1:7
  • And he is the head of the body of the Church: he is the beginning, and first begotten of the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence. Colossians 1:18
  • And with godliness, brotherly kindness: and with brotherly kindness, love. 1 John 1:7
  • And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof, because thou was killed, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Revelation 5:9


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