Eugene Bartlett authored this song, “Victory in Jesus” when he was only 54 years old. He suffered a massive stroke which left him largely incapacitated and unable to speak. He spent the last two years of his life bedridden.  Although broken physically, he was far from broken spiritually.  Bartlett spent his time of paralysis in praise of God.  The words and music of a hymn began to form in his mind, and with painstaking effort he managed, over a period of many weeks, to write this hymn down letter by letter, musical note by musical note.  He wanted to demonstrate that his faith had not cracked under suffering. Today, that hymn, while most of his other hundreds of hymns are largely unknown to the public, remains one the most beloved hymns in the world.  It is titled: “Victory in Jesus.”  Read carefully the words to this inspiring hymn:

“I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins and won the victory.

I heard about His healing, of His cleansing pow’r revealing,
How He made the lame to walk again, and caused the blind to see;
And then, I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit,”
I then obeyed His blest commands and gained the victory.

I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory,
And I heard about the street of gold beyond the crystal sea
About the angels singing, and the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory.

O victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever,
He sought me and bo’t me with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.”

  I am indebted to Al Maxey for the information on Eugene Bartlett from his weekly Reflection.

  No matter the circumstances of life, our faith can sustain us.  
“Thanks be unto God who give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  I Corinthians 15:57  


6 Responses to “VICTORY IN JESUS”

  1. Max, Had not heard the background of this hymn. Thanks.
    I regret that such hymns are not being sung in our churches
    today. Great truths are contained in them. If only the preacher
    realized the hymns extend his preaching time. The praise songs just do not do that.

  2. First of all, I am glad that Joann is home and recuperating. I hate that she has to be on oxygen and yet I am very grateful that we have access to such things.

    I love to hear the background to some of these old songs. That, in itself, is a blessing. I have always loved this song and I especially love David Ring’s rendition (are you familiar with David Ring, the “preacher” with cerebral palsy that was with Jerry Falwell years ago)? He does a very, very moving rendition of it following a very powerful message. Thank you for your gentle yet powerful reminders of what we do have in Jesus.

    You and Joann be careful if you travel next weekend. We missed you both this morning.

  3. Thanks Max ….. Yours words hit right in the middle of this weeks sermon …. Our new Church Theme for this year is
    “Inspired By Hope’ …. I will be preaching about when Jesus healed the leper right after delivering The Sermon on The Mount … I use the song “He Touched Me’ as my opening and for the closing I use ‘Victory In Jesus’ …..

    It is wonderful how God brings his servants together … and allows us to share our thoughts and Praise !!!!

    Look forward to seeing you during one of your visits down our way !!!!

  4. Max,

    Thanks so much for sharing the story behind this hymn. Our congregation lifts up the great hymns every Sabbath, and Victory in Jesus is one of our favorites.

    I look forward to sharing Eugene Bartlett’s story of faith and victory this Sabbath with our congregation.

    Michelle Riley Jones
    Minister of Music and Worship
    Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
    Washington, DC

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