All for Jesus

Following the theme of Holy Week when we remember afresh the sacrifice of our Savior on the cross, I want to post something each day to cause reflection on the awesome price Christ paid to buy us back from destruction.

This is from John Stainer’s oratorio, The Crucifixion, largely forgotten now except for two pieces that are still in use, God So Loved the World and this hymn, All for Jesus. Here are the words followed by the music.

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
This our song shall ever be,
For we have no hope, nor Saviour,
If we have not hope in Thee!

All for Jesus Thou wilt give us
Strength to serve Thee, hour by hour;
None can move us from Thy presence,
While we trust Thy love and power.

All for Jesus! at thine altar
Thou dost give us sweet content;
There, dear Saviour, we receive thee
In the solemn sacrament.

All for Jesus! Thou hast loved us;
All for Jesus! Thou hast died;
All for Jesus! Thou art with us;
All for Jesus Crucified.

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
This the Church’s song must be
till, at last, her sons are gathered
one in love and one in Thee!

4 thoughts on “All for Jesus

  1. paulacummings says:

    Thank you for these beautiful, sacred, examples of music to keep the theme of the week in proper perspective. I am linking these to my son Jake to help him keep the spirit as well.

  2. Carol Blair says:

    I love this hymn, and the one in the previous post. The 1990 edition of the Trinity Hymnal has another hymn entitled “All for Jesus,” set to the same tune. Here are the words, written by Mary James in 1889:

    All for Jesus, all for Jesus, All my being’s ransomed powers;
    All my thoughts and words and doings, All my days and all my hours.

    Let my hands perform His bidding, Let my feet run in His ways;
    Let my eyes see Jesus only, Let my lips speak forth His praise.

    Worldlings prize their gems of beauty, cling to gilded toys of dust;
    Boast of wealth and fame and pleasure, only Jesus will I trust.

    Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus, I’ve lost sight of all beside;
    So enchained my spirit’s vision, Looking at the Crucified.

    O what wonder! How amazing! Jesus, glorious King of Kings
    Deigns to call me His beloved, Lets me rest beneath His wings.

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