Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.
By God's Word at last my sin I learn,
Then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.
Now I've giv'n to Jesus everything;
Now I gladly own Him as my King;
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary.
O, the love that drew salvation's plan!
O, the grace that brought it down to man!
O, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty, At Calvary.
"Calvary, meaning 'the place of the skull', is a place that everyone
has heard about and that thousands of Holy Land tourists visit every year.
But the significance of the events that took place on this hill nearly two
thousand years ago are often not truly realized by many of those who
merely view its location. 'At Calvary' focuses our attention on the
wondrous mercy and grace that Christ demonstrated through His
death on the cross. The hymn exalts our Lord for conquering sin
and death and bringing salvation to all who will accept Him as
Redeemer. The 'mighty gulf' between God and man was
bridged with Christ's sacrificial atonement at Calvary!
William R. Newell was a noted evangelist, Bible teacher, and
later assistant superintendent at the Moody Bible Institute. One day
on his way to teach a class, he was meditating about Christ's
suffering at Calvary and all that it meant to him as a lost sinner. These
thoughts so impressed themselves on his mind that he stepped into an
empty classroom and quickly scribbled down the lines of this hymn
on the back of an envelope. A few minutes later he met his friend and
colleague, Daniel B. Towner, music director at the institute, and
showed him the text he had just written, suggesting that Towner try
composing music for it. An hour later as Newell returned from class,
Dr. Towner presented him with the melody and they sang their
completed hymn together.
Following its publication in 1895, Christians everywhere have
used this hymn enthusiastically to rejoice in the 'riches of God's grace'
made available 'at Calvary'!"
Taken from Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions
© 2002 by Kenneth W. Osbeck
A Little Note From Cobblestone Road Ministries
The Lord Jesus knocks at the door of everyone's heart but many do
not want the Lord. The Bible says that there is no other way into Heaven,
except through Jesus, the Lord. We come to the Heavenly Father through
His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus. Salvation is only found in Him!
The Bible says in Acts 4:12:
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Each sinner must come to Jesus as they are, acknowledging that they are
sinners in need of the Savior-- and that He is the Only One who can save
them and cleanse them from their sins. It is Jesus alone who purchased our
redemption by shedding His precious blood upon the Cross and therefore it
is only though Him that man can be saved. We cannot bring anything to the
table. One cannot trust in his own good works to be saved but rather must
put his complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work.
Christ Jesus purchased our redemption at Calvary.
He is able to save for He is alive!
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