A Man There Is, A Real Man

Music, Worship

Years ago when I was picking out worship songs for a church plant I was helping to establish I came across #23 in Gadsby’s Hymns.  I was gripped by the simple beauty and unique subject matter of the song, and set it to the tune of How Sweet and Awful is the Place (#271, Blue Trinity Hymnal) for use in our worship.  It quickly became a favorite.  Here are the words:

A Man there is, a real Man

With wounds still gaping wide,

From which rich streams of blood once ran,

In hands, and feet, and side


[Tis no wild fancy of our brains,

No metaphor we speak;

That same dear Man in heaven now reigns

That suffered for our sake.]


This wondrous Man of whom we tell,

Is true Almighty God;

He bought our souls from death and hell;

The price, his own heart’s blood.


That human heart he still retains,

Though throned in highest bliss;

And feels each tempted member’s pains;

For our affliction’s his.


Come, then, repenting sinner come;

Approach with humble faith;

Owe what thou wilt the total sum

Is cancelled by His death.


His blood can cleanse the blackest soul,

And wash our guilt away;

He will present us sound and whole,

On that tremendous day.

The author is Joseph Hart, but I don’t know anything else about it.  After I’d been using it for a bit I saw a post on challies.com also highlighting it, but again not knowing much about it.  I’d love to see it set to a modern tune and used more frequently in the churches for worship.  What an excellent meditation on an oft neglected truth- the incarnation was not temporary, even the risen Savior had physical nail wounds he could show to Thomas.  When he ascended, the incarnate God-man took his seat at the right hand of the Father.  A Man there is, a real Man… interceding for us there even now.  It is that Man we worship, because that Man is true Almighty God.  What a wondrous and glorious truth for the church to confess together in song!

(by: Nicolas Alford)

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