Day 1

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

from the Hymns of Hope reading plan

Isaiah 53:1-6, John 19:1-5, John 19:28-30, Romans 8:1-4, Revelation 5:12

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-6, John 19:1-5, John 19:28-30, Romans 8:1-4, Revelation 5:12

Easter 2015 was particularly memorable for the Davis clan. We had new baby sheep on our little farm, and I got the bright idea to take one of those sweet little lambs to our family Easter celebration at my mom’s house. My nieces and nephews were smitten with the lamb, so much so, that they decided to take him for a walk. You can probably guess where this is going, even if they couldn’t—the lamb got loose. It seems a herd of children screaming and running toward him caused the lamb to bolt, getting lost in the woods.

The kids handled the escape pretty well, until someone mentioned the threat of coyotes. Suddenly there was a symphony of screaming and crying. Not even the promise of another chocolate bunny could console them. For more than two days we searched for our lost lamb. His mama stood out in the field and called for him until she was hoarse. I told my boys he was likely a goner. Then someone had the bright idea to put our plight on Facebook. I never saw the post, but I am sure it went something like this: “Easter lamb led to the slaughter by adorable children in church clothes.”

Remarkably, that post led to a phone call; our lamb had been spotted! He had wandered more than five miles in the opposite direction of our farm, was now fleabitten and starving, but he was alive. It was incredible, but the very best part of the story was yet to come.

When we opened the gate, the little lamb immediately ran to his mama. And as he nursed for the first time in more than two days, his little tail wagged at super speed. What was lost had now been found. Of course, the lost lamb is a picture of a bigger, more significant drama. God used it to remind me of the wonder of the gospel.

We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way (Isaiah 53:6).

Our lamb ran away from all that was good for him. He chose to rebel against the safety of the sheep pen in favor of a life of hardship, sickness, and uncertainty. Just like the prodigal son Jesus described in Luke chapter 15, the lamb bolted from the source of tender care, only to wallow about in self-imposed misfortune. Though our lost sheep didn’t hold much monetary value, we searched relentlessly for him all the same. We desperately wanted him to come home. When he did, I was reminded that Jesus pursued me when I was still running away from Him in glad rebellion, in spite of the fact that I was running toward my own destruction.

Guilty, helpless, lost were we;
blameless Lamb of God was He,
sacrificed to set us free:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

I am prone to spiritual amnesia. It’s so easy for me to forget how lost I was apart from Christ. I need frequent reminders that I was once a wayward lamb, helpless, and vulnerable to an Enemy who “is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour” (1 Peter 5:8). I didn’t save myself from that desperate situation. I couldn’t. Jesus made a way for me to come home and then came looking for me to show me the path back.  


Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Text and Tune: Philip P. Bliss, 1875

Man of sorrows what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned He stood,
sealed my pardon with His blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Guilty, helpless, lost were we;
blameless Lamb of God was He,
sacrificed to set us free:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

He was lifted up to die;
“It is finished” was His cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!



Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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196 thoughts on "Hallelujah! What a Savior!"

  1. Meghan Vella says:

    This is my first time trying one of these programs, as I’m working to return to my faith after a couple years without being able to go to church on a regular basis. I miss having the reassuring presence of God in my life, but this was a nice reminder that he is always there looking out for me.

  2. Carmen Wetteroth says:

    This is so so so what I’m feeling now.

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  4. Meagan Nkansah says:

    I’ve never heard this hymn, as a nondenominational, but the austin stone version is beautiful!
    I honestly chose this guide randomly as a way to kick start my probably 5th return to Christ since becoming an adult. It’s so easy to become distracted…and then ashamed…and prolong the yearning in my heart. Misunderstanding why I’m never happy or why other ppl just make me feel ick and it’s because they’re almost like false idols. This word resonated with me a lot because I am a lost sheep who is going to find my way back to my Sheppard no matter what it takes.

  5. Brandi Young says:

    This had me in tears! I knew there was a reason I needed to switch up my morning routine from my daily bible reading (read through in a year! My first time and I’m loving it!) at night and add a devotion like this in the morning! I love how Holy Spirit leads us! I think I’m gonna do this whole series!

  6. Judy Thigpenn says:

    What a great reminder for me today that Jesus brings us hope in such a hopeless situation. Hallelujah! What a Savior

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  7. Bonny Baker says:

    This last month has been an incredibly difficult time for me. My relationship ended, I had leave my two dogs with him, I had to move out of our house, my town and community was demolished in tornadoes, and now the world waits for when we can live without fear of coronavirus. This is a huge comfort to my very broken spirit right now. God swooped in and wrapped me up even in the midst of all of this, when I felt so unworthy of him. What a love our Heavenly Father shows us.

  8. Lauren Summers says:

    In this time of fear and anxiety in our world, it is easy to forget God is pursuing us. We ask where is God? I needed a reminder that God is still after me. When the world around me is crumbling God is restoring me and doing something beautiful with my life. God is still here in the midst of chaos. He wants me.

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