There are many songs that I love to sing on Easter: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, Christ Arose, Because He Lives, and He Lives. However, none of them are as strong on biblical content as One Day. One Day was written in 1908 by John Wilbur Chapman with the music written by Charles H. Marsh. It is written creatively and intelligently with a lot of scriptural connections.
Unfortunately, the music is no longer in style (I love old songs, too, but few songs today are written in 9/4 time). Thankfully, Michael Bleecker rewrote the music to the song in a nice updated form in 2008. Mark Hall built off Bleecker's version, adding bridges and again rewriting the chorus. While Michael Bleecker did an awesome job, Mark Hall's final version is even more powerful. Even the newly-added bridges are packed with biblical truth, which is not very common these days. My favorite part of the song is the chorus.
Here is the original One Day with the music written by Charles H. Marsh:
Here is the version by Michael Bleecker:
Here is Mark Hall's version performed by Casting Crowns:
Here is an interview with Mark Hall discussing his reworking of One Day into Glorious Day:
Glorious Day/One Day
by John Wilbur Chapman, Michael Bleecker, and Mark Hall
Daniel 7:13-14 “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed."One day when sin was as black as could be
Isaiah 9:2 The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear A Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”Dwelt among men, my example is He
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jesus said in John 13:15 "For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you."
1 Timothy 1:16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,*Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed
About Jesus in John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
About Jesus in John 1:4-5 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
About Jesus' incarnation in Isaiah 40:5 "Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Living, He loved me
John 15:9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
Dying, He saved me
Hebrews 9:15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.Buried, He carried my sins far away
Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Colossians 2:12-14 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.Rising, He justified freely forever
Romans 4:25 He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.One day He's coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day
John 14:3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
One day they led Him up Calvary's mountain
About Jesus in Luke 23:33 (KJV) And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
To the Jews about Jesus in Acts 2:23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
About Jesus in Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.*Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me
Matthew 4:23 Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
About Jesus in Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.Verse 3: (see below)**
**One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
About Jesus in Acts 2:24 But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.One day the stone rolled away from the door
Matthew 28:2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Luke 24:5-7 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Now is ascended, my Lord evermore
Acts 1:9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.*Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again
Romans 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.Verse 5:
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.One day the skies with His glories will shine
Jesus said of Himself in Luke 21:27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Matthew 24:27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.Wonderful day, my Beloved One bringing
1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!
Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
* Italicized text was added by Mark Hall
** The rewritten version does not include John Wilbur Chapman's third verse. I personally think that was a good choice. The writing is confusing and only the context explains that the verse is about Jesus being left in the grave ("In the garden," though technically accurate for the location of Jesus' burial, often references his time praying before the crucifixion). Also, while angels came to move the stone from His tomb, the Bible never mentions them keeping vigil or guarding the tomb. While it is possible for some to interpret the passage that way, I think it is unclear in the Scriptures. The only part of the third verse that I love is the phrase "Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He!" Here is the third verse for you to decide for yourself:
One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He!