The Easter season should be the most important time of the year for all believers since it is a time when we remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a time when each believer should meditate upon the deep meaning of that profound event when God's Son took upon Him all of our sins so that we could be forgiven and reconciled with God. This week's hymn simply traces those events ... He was wounded, He died, He rose and now He lives ... for me! And someday He will be coming ... for me! And I love the final words of the hymn which proclaim, "Then with what joy His dear face I shall see, Oh, how I praise Him! He's coming for me." W. G. Owens (1870-1945) is credited with writing the words and the music. However Gladys Watkin Toberts is said to have actually written verses 2-5. Little is known about either of them. Owens was a minister who for over 30 years conducted seaside missions in Northern Ireland under the banner of the Children's Special Service Mission, later known as the Scripture Union. It is said that the words of the first verse were inspired when, after World War I, Owens saw a wounded veteran limping past him on the street and he thought, "He was wounded for me." This incident later reminded him of what Christ also had done for him. Meditate upon the words of each verse as you celebrate Good Friday and then the joyous Resurrection Day! He is risen!
(1) Wounded for me, wounded for me,
There on the cross He was wounded for me;
Gone my transgressions, and now I am free,
All because Jesus was wounded for me.
(2) Dying for me, dying for me,
There on the cross He was dying for me;
Now in His death my redemption I see,
All because Jesus was dying for me.
(3) Risen for me, risen for me,
Up from the grave He has risen for me;
Now evermore from death's sting I am free,
All because Jesus has risen for me.
(4) Living for me, living for me,
Up in the skies He is living for me;
Daily He's pleading and praying for me,
All because Jesus is living for me.
(5) Coming for me, coming for me,
Soon in the air He is coming for me;
Then with what joy His dear face I shall see,
Oh, how I praise Him! He's coming for me.
You can listen to an old vocal rendition of this my the White Sisters here. VOCAL
Here is an interesting piano rendition. PIANO