Scripture Verse

Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28


J. Wilbur Chapman (1859–1918)

Words: J. Wil­bur Chap­man, cir­ca 1908. Chap­man gave two po­ems (in­clud­ing this one) to Charles Marsh. Marsh then wrote the tune, but there was dis­agree­ment ov­er the co­py­right be­tween two pub­lish­ers. As a re­sult, this song was not pub­lished un­til 1911.

Music: Charles H. Marsh (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Marsh (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


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 Sav­ior 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 glo­ries will shine;
Wonderful day, my be­lov­èd ones bring­ing;
Glorious Sav­ior, this Je­sus is mine!