“What a Wonderful Savior Is He”

“…The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 Jn. 4:14)

     INTRO.: A song which extols the blessings of Jesus whom the Father sent to be the Savior of the world is “What a Wonderful Savior Is He.”  The text was written and the tune was composed both by Grant Colfax Tullar (1869-1950). This is another relatively unknown song for which Tullar provided both the words and the melody. The song was copyrighted in 1931. Cyberhymnal lists some eleven other texts which Tullar wrote.  A couple of such hymns in some of our books for which Tullar did both text and tune were “Beauty For Ashes” and “Savior Divine, Dwell in My Heart,” both copyrighted in 1948 by the Gospel Advocate. He also composed tunes for Carrie Breck’s “Face to Face,” “Nailed to the Cross,” and “Shall I Crucify My Savior?”, as well as S. C. Kirk’s “Our Best,” and he harmonized Joseph Peek’s melody for Howard Walter’s “I Would Be True.”  Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century, “What a Wonderful Savior Is He” appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.

     The song helps to explain why Jesus is such a wonderful Savior.

I. Stanza 1 says that He died on the cross
“Jesus died on the cross that sin’s debt He might pay,
What a wonderful Savior is He!
Changing earth’s darkest night into glorious day,
What a wonderful Savior is He!”
 A. Jesus died on the cross: Phil. 2:8
 B. His purpose in so doing was to pay our debt of sin: 1 Cor. 15:3
 C. The result is that He made it possible for our night to be turned to day by bringing us life and light: Jn. 1:4-5

II. Stanza 2 says that He healed the sick
“Just a touch of His hand healed the leper that day,
What a wonderful Savior is He!
To the blind man came sight through a bit of moist clay,
What a wonderful Savior is He!”
 A. He healed the leper: Matt. 8:1-3
 B. He also gave sight to the blind, on one occasion using clay made from his saliva: Jn. 9:1-7
 C. The purpose of these miracles is that we might believe in Him: Jn. 20:30-31

III. Stanza 3 says that He provides spiritual water and manna for mankind
“To the fountain of life thirsty souls He will lead,
What a wonderful Savior is He!
Fainting ones with the Manna from heaven He will feed,
What a wonderful Savior is He!”
 A. He wants us to hunger and thirst after righteousness: Matt. 5:6
 B. To the thirsty, He gives the water of life: Jn. 4:13-14
 C. To the hungry, He gives manna from heaven: Jn. 6:32-33

IV. Stanza 4 says that He cares for us
“Falling sparrows He notes with a pitying eye,
What a wonderful Savior is He;
Needy ones who may call Him He’ll never deny,
What a wonderful Savior is He!”
 A. He notes even the falling sparrow: Matt. 10:29
 B. He knows those who are needy: Ps. 86:1
 C. And He will not deny them but tells them to cast their cares on Him: 1 Pet. 5:7

V. Stanza 5 says that He is preparing a home for us to dwell with Him
“There are mansions above which He’s gone to prepare,
What a wonderful Savior is He!
And someday we shall see Him and dwell with Him there,
What a wonderful Savior is He!”
 A. Jesus has gone to prepare each of us a mansion or dwelling place in His Father’s house: Jn. 14:1-3
 B. Someday, He will come again so that we shall see Him as He is: 1 Jn. 3:1-3
 C. Then His people will be taken home to dwell with Him in His very presence: Rev. 22:1-3

     CONCL.: The chorus continues to remind us of what a wonderful Savior and Friend Jesus is.
“What a wonderful Savior is Jesus,
What a dear loving Friend He would be;
What an offering He made when our ransom He paid,
What a wonderful Savior is He.”
Jesus is our Friend, and we should love Him for what He has done for us.  He is also our Lord and Master, and we should obey Him. In addition, we should continually praise His name because “What a Wonderful Savior Is He.”


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