JUST AS I AM

In honor of Ethel Peters 8/25/22-9/24/04

If you would like the complete notes of this sermon, please email me at jpeters@alltel.net.

 

If you have attended this church or other evangelical churches for very long, you are undoubtedly familiar with the hymn that we just sung, Just as I am.  The words were written in 1836 by Charlotte Elliot and the music we sing this hymn to was written by William Bradbury.

 

Miss Charlotte Elliott was vi­sit­ing some friends in the West End of Lon­don, and there met the em­i­nent min­is­ter, Cé­sar Ma­lan. While seat­ed at sup­per, the min­is­ter said he hoped that she was a Christ­ian. She took of­fense at this, and re­plied that she would ra­ther not dis­cuss that quest­ion.

 

Dr. Ma­lan said that he was sor­ry if had of­fend­ed her, that he al­ways liked to speak a word for his Mas­ter, and that he hoped that the young la­dy would some day be­come a work­er for Christ.

 

When they met again at the home of a mu­tu­al friend, three weeks lat­er, Miss Ell­i­ott told the min­is­ter that ev­er since he had spok­en to her she had been try­ing to find her Sav­iour, and that she now wished him to tell her how to come to Christ. “Just come to him as you are,” Dr. Ma­lan said. This she did, and went away re­joic­ing. Sankey, Ira Da­vid. My Life and the Sto­ry of the Gos­pel Hymns. Har­per & Bro­thers, 1906.

 

About the words or this hymn her brother said: “In the course of a long min­is­try, I hope I have been per­mit­ted to see some of the fruit of my la­bor, but I feel that far more has been done by a sin­gle hymn of my sis­ter’s.” http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/u/justasam.htm

 

Just As I Am is one of those Gospel hymns that has been used as what we call an “invitation hymn”. 

 

It is generally sung at the end of a service and is used to invite people to trust Christ as Savior.  This hymn also encourages Christians to bring their problems to their Savior.

 

This hymn has a great Biblical message. 

 

The theme of this hymn is “I Come”.  There are five verses that we use of this hymn.  Each one stresses a different aspect of coming.

 

 

VERSE 1 – I COME WITH ONE PLEA

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

   

VERSE 2 – I COME FOR COMPLETE PURIFICATION

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, I come.

 

 

VERSE 3 – I COME WITH MANY PROBLEMS

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

VERSE 4 – I COME FOR GREAT PROVISION

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

VERSE 5 – I COME BECAUSE OF GREAT PROMISES

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

 

This hymn was my Mom’s favorite! 

 

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