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Stop and Think About a Hymn

Beautiful SaviorOpen Hymnal 

Beautiful Savior, King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love Thee, truly I’d serve thee,
Light of my soul, my Joy, my Crown.

Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer;
He makes our sorr’wing spirit sing.

Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.

Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

 

Author unknown
Text in the public domain
Originally written in German, translated by Joseph Augustus Seiss
Source: http://www.hymnary.org/text/beautiful_savior_king_of_creation

 

  • No historical evidence exists to link this hymn to the Crusades, although in many sources it is identified as “The Crusaders’ Hymn.” Why is it important to anyone today whether this song was sung by knights during the Crusades? If they did sing this song, how is that a problem for Christians today?
  • What is the purpose of this song?
  • What is the political agenda of this song? What is the military agenda of this song? What is the spiritual meaning of this song?
  • Did the author of this text advocate violence as a means of evangelism? Does this text suggest that Christians must be angry with people who do not trust Christ in order to make Christians out of them? Where in the Bible is there any suggestion that Jesus told his followers to angrily threaten unbelievers? Where does Jesus show Christians how to scorn people who reject Christ in order to make them want to be Christians?

By Katherine Harms, author of Oceans of Love available for Kindle at Amazon.com.

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A Hymn for Meditation

Beautiful Savior

Beautiful Savior,
S
on of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love thee,
truly I’d serve thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown. 

Fair are the meadows,
fair are the woodlands,
robed in flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing. 

Fair is the sunshine,
fair is the moonlight,
Bright are the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
than all the angels in the sky. 

Beautiful Savior,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be thine.

  • We often think of this hymn the way we think of a beautiful image of a landscape. Yet this hymn is much more than word painting. What four titles remind us of the sovereignty of God expressed in the person of Christ?
  • Can you think of a psalm or another text in the Old Testament that describes the beauty of the earth and the beauty of the sky as this hymn does?
  • Why does the hymnwriter spend so much effort trying to describe Jesus as light? Look at the transfiguration story and compare the description with this hymn. See Luke 9:28-36
  • The hymnwriter calls Jesus “light of my soul, my joy, my crown.” Can you think of three ways to describe what Jesus means to you?
  • What image of the risen Christ does this hymn evoke? Look in the book of Revelation, chapters 4, 5, and 19
  • For many years, this hymn was popularly called The Crusader Hymn. It was sung by knights who went on Crusades from Europe to the Holy Land. Today, those Crusades are viewed as the ultimate wickedness of western aggression. What does this hymn tell you about the state of mind of the knights who were singing it? What does this history teach us about the interpretation of biblical teaching by fallible human beings?