Hymn Story..."Just As I Am"
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|Col 1:12-14 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Christ Jesus said in John 10:9: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Just as I am—Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come!
A story is told that took place in London when a great preacher, a very fine young man, by the name of Caesar Milan was invited one evening to a very large and prominent home where a choice musical was to be presented.
On the program was a young lady who thrilled the audience with her
singing and playing. When she finished, this young preacher threaded his way through the crowd which was gathered around her. When he finally came to her and had her attention, he said, “Young lady, when you were singing, I sat there and thought how tremendously the cause of Christ
would be benefited if you would dedicate yourself and your talents to the Lord. But,” he added, “you are just as much a sinner as the worst drunkard in the street, or any harlot on Scarlet Street. But I am glad to tell you that the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, will cleanse you from all sin if you will come to Him.”
In a very haughty manner, she turned her head aside and said to him, “You are very insulting, sir.” And she started to walk away. He said, “Lady, I did not mean any offense, but I pray that the Spirit of God will convict you.”
Well, they all went home, and that night this young woman could not sleep. At two o’clock in the morning she knelt at the side of her bed and took Christ as her Savior. And then she, Charlotte Elliott, sat down and wrote
the words of a favorite hymn, “Just As I Am”:
Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am, and waiting not To rid my soul of one dark blot, To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come!
And then the final stanza:
Just as I am—Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse,
relieve; Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come!
My friend, may I say to you, that this is the basis on which all of us must come to Christ.
Taken from J. Vernon McGee's commentary on James 2:13.
A Little Note From Cobblestone Road:
The Lord Jesus said in Mark 8:36-37, "For what shall it profit a
man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
It does not matter whether one is rich or poor or talented-- that person will eventually die. Death runs in every family-- whether you are blue-blood or the poorest of the poor. Eternity is long and death is inevitable. Every person has sinned and thus needs the Savior to wash their sins away. The blood of Jesus can make the vilest sinner clean.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Each person must receive Jesus Christ or die lost. Dear reader, have you considered your soul? What is your life but a drop of vapor compared to eternity. Have you trusted in Jesus today? The Lord loves you and wants to save you. The Lord Jesus said in John 14:6: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
To read about God's Free Gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ,
Jesus Died For Us
The Greatest Sin
Laying Up Treasures
Sermon Story : The Matchless Pearl
Sermon Illustration - The Son