~* ONE DAY *~
John Wilbur Chapman, 1859-1918

So 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

This hymn, as is the case with so many of the old hymns of the faith, contains the Gospel. Not only does it contain the Gospel, the Gospel message is clearly presented in its lines in such a way that it seems a sermon in musical format. Containing mention of the Lord Jesus' first coming in verse one and second coming in the final and fourth verse, this hymn text truly gives praise to the Redeemer!

Chapman graduated from Lake Forest University in 1879 and went on to attend Lane Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. He was ordained in 1881, and his first pastorate was split between two churches--in Liberty, Indiana, and College Corner, Ohio. He was one of the founders of the Winona Lake Bible Conference and, in 1900, traveled to the Holy Land. Pastor Chapman also wrote the hymn Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners.

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!

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!

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!

*For Today*: Hebrews 9:11-28

Are you ready for the return of the King of kings and Lord of lords? He's coming again!

Music Courtesy of The Cyber Hymnal

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