Here’s a sweet video. We hope to sing this hymn at Harbor Church this Sunday. Original lyrics written by John Newton; alternate lyrics and music by Bob Kauflin.
I saw one hanging on a tree
In agony and blood
Who fixed His loving eyes on me
As near His cross I stood
And never till my dying breath
Will I forget that look
It seemed to charge me with His death
Though not a word He spoke
My conscience felt and owned the guilt
And plunged me in despair
I saw my sins His blood had spilt
And helped to nail Him there
But with a second look He said
“I freely all forgive
This blood is for your ransom paid
I died that you might live”
Forever etched upon my mind
Is the look of Him who died
The Lamb I crucified
And now my life will sing the praise
Of pure atoning grace
That looked on me and gladly took my place
Thus while His death my sin displays
For all the world to view
Such is the mystery of grace
It seals my pardon too
With pleasing grief and mournful joy
My spirit now is filled
That I should such a life destroy
Yet live by Him I killed
Words by John Newton (1725–1807), music and new and alternate lyrics, Bob Kauflin
© 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)
Awesome song – wondering if there is an accompany tape/CD for this song?
How will you get through this song without weeping?
There is no hope in the dead Jesus. He is alive, reigning in heaven, living in the hearts of those who believe that He is no longer dead or dying. Hopefully, you will balance your song time with a hopeful song about a living Savior.
He should leave John Newton’s name off of it though, as Kauflin changed the meaning of the original hymn.
“In Evil Long I Took Delight” ~ John Newton