THERE IS A REDEEMER                                                               written in 1982

The Story

Melody (1946 – ) was raised in a poor beach neighborhood in southern California; she was the child of a broken home. As a teenager, she left the Jewish faith in which her mother had raised her and tried Buddhism. But that didn’t satisfy her. She said she kept coming up empty. She became a hippie, and tried to fill her life with drugs of every kind.

In 1972, Melody met Keith Green (1953-1982). Together they searched for ultimate spiritual fulfillment, and they eventually both found it… in Jesus Christ. Radically changed by their new-birth experience, they sought to rescue others through their music, their messages, and their organization called Last Days Ministries.

5 years after her conversion, Melody wrote this song; the last verse was added by her husband, Keith. In 1982, Keith, along with 2 of their 3 children, was killed in a plane crash. Melody, at home with their third child, was pregnant with their fourth.

10 years before, she had been a hippie, high on drugs; 5 years before, she had written this song of praise to her Redeemer. But, in 1982, despite the devastating tragedy of the death of her husband and 2 of her children, she published this song… and held on to the hope this song proclaims.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – look to Christ as your Redeemer.

There is a Redeemer,
Jesus, God’s own Son;
precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Holy One.

Jesus, my Redeemer,
name above all names;
precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Oh, for sinners slain.

CHORUS:

Thank You, oh, my Father,
for giving us Your Son,
and leaving Your Spirit
’til the work on Earth is done.

When I stand in Glory,
I will see His face,
and there I’ll serve my King forever,
in that Holy Place. (CHORUS)

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