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.


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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