One Day

lyrics by j. wilbur chapman, music by charles h. marsh

One Day Lyrics

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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 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.

 

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 the trumpet will sound for His coming,

One day the skies with His glory will shine;

Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;

Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!

 

 

One Day Guitar Chords

 

D        

One day when heaven was filled with His praises,

A                                      D

One day when sin was as black as could be;

D  

Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin,

A           E    E7   A        A7    

Dwelt among men, my example is He!

D          A7                 D   

Living, He loved me, Dying He saved me,

          G                   A7

Buried He carried my sins far away,

D         A7                  D 

Rising He justified freely forever,

G            E7        A7       D   

One day He's coming, O glorious day!

Scripture References

  • John 17:3 - Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
  • Romans 8:11 - And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
  • Philippians 2:6-11 - Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Story

 

J. Wilbur Chapman may not be a familiar name to us today, but two of his hymns are certainly very familiar: One Day and Jesus What a Friend for Sinners.

 

Chapman went through his own trials as a young man. His mother died when he was thirteen. At age 19 while studying for the ministry, he had doubts about his commitment, sometimes feeling he was saved and sometimes doubting. Dwight L. Moody himself counseled the young man, assuring him using the words of John 5:24. Since then, Chapman never looked back.

 

At age 24, Chapman was married to Irene E. Steddon, with whom he began pastoring churches in Ohio and Indiana. Sadly, his wife would die only four years later, shortly after the birth of their daughter. Confused and discouraged, Chapman's life was changed when he listened to paster and evangelist F.B. Meyer speak at a conference: "If you are not willing to give up everything for Christ, are you willing to be made willing." According to Chapman, "that remark changed my whole ministry; it seemed like a new star in the sky of my life."

 

Chapman did eventually remarry and had four more children. He went on to minister a church in Philadelphia, where one of the congregants told him "You are not a very strong preacher, but a few of us have decided to gather and pray every Sunday morning for you."

 

The church eventually grew eventually to 12,000 congregants, giving it the largest Sunday School membership and making it the largest Presbyterian church in the world. Chapman became nationally known as well and he began to assist his college friend B. Fay Mills and Moody in their evangelistic events, as well as holding his own revivals throughout the northeastern US and Canada. In 1895 Dwight L. Moody called him "the greatest evangelist in the country." He carried on Moody's tradition of holding mass evangelistic events, which continued with Billy Sunday in the early 20th century (who got his start in Chapman's crusades) and Billy Graham in the late 20th century. It was said that Chapman delivered over 50,000 sermons in his ministry, reaching 60 million people, in the the days before radio, television, and the Internet.

 

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