Avis B. Christiansen, 1895–1985
When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified Him, along with the criminals—one on His right, the other on His left. (Luke 23:33)
A Hill with Three Crosses—
One cross where a thief died IN SIN
One cross where a thief died TO SIN
A center cross where a Redeemer died FOR SIN
It is thought that the day we call “Good Friday” originated from the term “God’s Friday”—the day that Christ was led to the hill of Golgotha and crucified, assuring an eternal reconciliation for lost man. The Roman cross, intended to be an instrument of cruel death, instead became an instrument of new life and hope for the human race. God loved and valued each of us so highly that He was willing to pay the greatest price imaginable for our salvation.
The composer of this hymn, Harry Dixon Loes, was a popular music teacher at the Moody Bible Institute from 1939 until his death in 1965. One day while listening to a sermon on the subject of Christ’s atonement entitled “Blessed Redeemer,” Mr. Loes was inspired to compose this tune. He then sent the melody with the suggested title to Mrs. Christiansen, a friend for many years, asking her to write the text. The completed hymn first appeared in the hymnal Songs of Redemption in 1920.
Mrs. Avis Christiansen is to be ranked as one of the important gospel hymn writers of the 20th century. She has written hundreds of gospel hymn texts as well as several volumes of published poems. Throughout her long lifetime of 90 years, Mrs. Christiansen collaborated with many well-known gospel musicians to contribute several other choice hymns to our hymnals, including “Blessed Calvary” and “I Know I’ll See Jesus Some Day.”
Up Calv’ry’s mountain, one dreadful morn, walked Christ my Savior, weary and worn; facing for sinners death on the cross, that He might save them from endless loss.
“Father, forgive them!” thus did He pray, e’en while His life-blood flowed fast away; praying for sinners while in such woe—no one but Jesus ever loved so.
O how I love Him, Savior and Friend! How can my praises ever find end! Thru years unnumbered on heaven’s shore, my tongue shall praise Him forevermore.
Chorus: Blessed Redeemer, precious Redeemer! Seems now I see Him on Calvary’s tree, wounded and bleeding, for sinners pleading—blind and unheeding—dying for me!
For Today: Matthew 27:39–43; John 19:17, 18, 33, 34; Colossians 2:13–20
Since Christ has paid the price of our redemption in full, all we have to do is believe, receive, rejoice and represent Him. Reflect on this musical truth—
Osbeck, K. W.
- So he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. After, he came unto the disciples, and found them asleep, and said to Peter, What? could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch, and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit inded is ready, but the flesh is weak. Again he went away the second time, and prayed, saying, O Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me, but that I must drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. Matthew 27:39–43
- And he bare his own cross, and came into a place named of dead men’s skulls, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. … But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs. But one of the soldiers witha spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. John 19:17-18, 33-34
- And you which were dead in sins, and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, forgiving you all your trespasses, And putting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, he even took it out of the way, and fastened it upon the cross, Colossians 2:13–20
Despite having viewed this video numerous times, I weep and am deeply impacted by the incredible sacrifice our Father made by redeeming lost mankind through the tendon tearing scourging, humiliation by those who could not see, fixation of his body on the tree which turned crimson as the Blessed One’s precious blood ran as a river turning that tree crimson. Yet, even then, the Lord Jesus Christ prayed the Father to forgive them for they know not what they do. Amazing love which we are unable to grasp in this state the very weight and quantity of sin upon he who was perfect. Hallelujah, He is Risen! If you are yet among the wolves outside the kingdom of God, know that there is Power in the blood of Jesus Christ which provides a blood atonement (covering) for all sin. No one is too far gone, or committed too sinful for the forgiveness of God that leads to salvation. With brokenness of heart, confess and repent of sin and ask God the Father to save your soul and for Jesus to become Savior and Lord of your life. Seek God while He may be found! Evil is burgeoning and the days are becoming black as pitch as evil operates with seeming impunity in broad daylight. The prophecies of Daniel, Ezekiel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Revelation will all unfold and when the Lord Jesus returns to Judge the quick and the dead it will then be too late. Just prior to that the anti-Christ will come on the world scene and lead many to believe he is the long awaited savior, but it is a lie and globally all people will be forced to receive his mark or not eat, work, etc.; however, doing so damns one’s soul eternally without hope of repenting unto salvation.
You have tried the ways of the world, how’s that been working out for you? Why not seek out God, test Him whether He is real? Get a bible learn of that Way, that Truth, and that Life – the Lord Jesus Christ – the only name given under heaven and earth by which men must be saved. Cry out to God and seek His salvation, I pray you do.