Our Great Savior (Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners) Lyrics
1 Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.
2 Jesus! what a Strength for weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him;
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my vict’ry wins. [Refrain]
3 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. [Refrain]
4 Jesus! I do now receive Him,
More than all in Him I find,
He has granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine. [Refrain]
Our Great Savior Hymn Story
“Our Great Savior” is a hymn that was composed by John Wilbur Chapman. It was first published in 1910.
While Chapman provided the text the tune that is used is Welsh tune called “HYFRYDOL”. This tune was composed by Rowland Hugh Prichard in 1830.
This hymn was probably inspired by the verses in the gospels where we see the Pharisees complaining that Jesus was a friend of sinners and therefore, they thought erroneously he was not someone sent by God.
But Jesus told them that he had come to seek the lost, the sinners, and not the righteous. Only the sick need a doctor.
Some of this debate can be found in Luke 7:34-35 which says, 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”
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