Man of Sorrows, what a name

“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, vile, and helpless, we,
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full redemption—can it be?
  Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Lifted up was He to die,
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high;
  Hallelujah! what a Savior!
When He comes, our glorious King,
To His kingdom us to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing
  Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Barbara Hobbs

Kojonup, WA, Australia

I am using this hymn this Sunday when our congregation will be concentrating on the rejection, bullying, injustice and being abandoned by many that Jesus encountered during Holy Week. We tend to concentrate on the suffering on the Cross - but Jesus suffered all that we suffer in our daily lives - so fully understands our suffering. Truly the Son of Man - as He called Himself as well as the Son of God.

Oludare Yomi Paul

Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria

The song reminds me of what the Saviour did on the cross. Hallelujah! O what a Saviour!


San Gabriel, CA, United States

As I was meditating on I John 3:16 - "  In this we know love, that He laid down His life on our behalf, and we ought to lay down our lives on behalf of the brother." - this song came to mind! What a wonderful Savior! As we look and consider what He did in laying down His life for us, "we know love." May the Spirit continue to teach us and lead us into full understanding and knowledge of His love - His laying "down His life on our behalf."

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Paul Bliss was one of the most prominent hymnwriters in the heyday of gospel hymnwriting. Bliss grew up working on a farm and in lumber camps, but eventually became a music teacher. He sold his 1st song at age 26 and later worked for a hymn publisher. D. L. Moody urged Bliss to become a singing evangelist, and so he did beginning in 1874. This hymn was published in 1875. In 1876, while traveling through Ohio, Bliss and his family were involved in a train wreck. Reportedly, Bliss went back into the fiery train to save his wife, but they both died. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton

Stephen Lubakila

Ndola, Copperbelt, Zambia

What a powerful hymn! Indeed the writer was spirit filled.


Minneapolis, MN, United States

While street preaching, I often sing this song to the multitudes. It's my all-time favorite song!

Matthew 9

36 But when he (Jesus) saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.


For a wonderfully inspiring impact, go up a partial octave on each stanza, and build to a great crescendo on the final stanza. Simply beautiful!

Cindi Strong

Redding, California, United States

"It is finished!" What a comfort that the Author and Finisher of our faith is able to guide us through our lives, too. I praise Him for His wisdom, strength and love!


Port-Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

What a Saviour is Jesus Christ who died for us and what an unfortunate situation that the world so hates Him who saved them.



What a Savior!

Sinikiwe Msoni

Chipata, Eastern, Zambia

I love this song because it reminds me of what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross.