One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin,
Dwelt among men, my example is He!
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming – O glorious day!
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected:
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He!
One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Saviour is He!
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved One bringing:
Glorious Saviour, this Jesus is mine!
The chorus of this old Easter hymn by John Wilbur Chapman popped into my head the other day – it is a while since I have sung it, and I was surprised to discover that I remembered all the words – and also delighted to be reminded that the chorus tells the story of Jesus in four short lines, and of His death for me. The hymn itself gives a longer version, from His birth to His returning again. It is a good one to be recalling at this Easter time, whether we know the hymn or not – and one we can share with those who need to know what Easter is all about and that Jesus was born to die, and His death and resurrection mean we can know salvation. May we be blessed as we remember that He came to die for ME!