Just as I am

1
Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
2
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!
3
Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
4
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
5
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!
6
Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
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Macreen

Nairobi, Kenya

I love this song. It encourages me when I am down.


Anyichi

Lagos, Nigeria

The hymn reflects the story of my life. Thus consoles me always.


Katie

Clarkesville, GA, United States

I was raised atheist, but got saved & baptized when I was 15. I was the only kid who got punished by being grounded from church! Sang this song so many times; sometimes the pastor would make us sing the whole thing over again for that one soul he just knew was struggling. It's burned into my heart. This one and Softly and Tenderly.


Atanbo

Dimapur, Nagaland, India

Amen. Reminiscent of Billy Graham.


Juliette Wood

Alice, TX, United States

I'm in the choir at my church. There are 2 or 3 of us each Sunday. We sang this song today and I just love it. I had to look up the lyrics and sing it again just because it felt so good to sing it.


Nathan Ejike Daniel

Aba, Abia, Nigeria

When ever it seems that all hope is lost, the song just as I am always come on my mouth, and when I sing the song things always turns around for good, Jesus never fail, blessed be to the mother of person that sang this song


Toyin Diyan

London, United Kingdom

Lord Jesus we love You and praise for breaking every barrier down so that man can approach God in their unfit condition! Glory to you! This is good news! Amen!

Lord Jesus who hears such a report and says no? Who is offered such a gift and refuses? Lord have mercy on us. Remove all our veils. Amen!


Larry N. Baker

Moore, OK, United States

When most songs, hymns, end on the first note of the scale of the key that it is in, JUST AS I AM ends on the third note of the scale of the key that it is in. So the feel of the thought and emotion at the end leaves us hanging... that there is more... there is something still left to decide... to do... It has this feel at the end that we need to finish it.... to decide...


Newton Ikire

Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Just as I am

Dust, as I am

Who am I, Lord, that you should die for such a wretched one, as I, mere dust?

I'm forever grateful.


De Donx

Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria

I couldn't hold my tears when I heard this great song again. It revived my soul. His blood cleanses me from every sin and He bids me; Come son!

We should simply come to the Lord without any way. Hymns, #1048 says, "Just as I am ... / O Lamb of God, I come! I come!" Every morning come to the Lord: "Lord, I come just as I am. I do not know how to pray. I come as I am, in my situation, not knowing. You know. It does not matter how I feel; it is up to Your leading." Every day come to the Lord in this way.

God is Spirit; hence, our contacting and absorbing Him do not depend on our words. Some people utter many words when they pray, but their words are like sounding brass or clanging cymbals; they do not have much value before God. We may not say anything when we come to God, but our whole being, including our heart, should face God. While we look to God, we may sigh and confess that we are incompetent, weak, unable to rise, unpresentable, and thirsty and that we lack words for the gospel and are not inclined to fellowship with the saints. We should lay our inner condition before God and even tell Him that we are short in every matter. No matter what our inner condition is, we should bring it to God. There is a hymn that says, "Just as I am" (Hymns, #1048). This means that we should come to God just as we are without trying to improve or change our condition. Our attitude when we come to God should be to come just as we are.

In England in the early 19th century there was a woman who had Christian parents and who for years had longed to be saved. She went to hear this and that preacher and visited churches and chapels in her search for salvation, but all in vain. One day she wandered into a little chapel with no real expectation in her heart, for she was almost in despair. She sat down at the back. The speaker was an elderly man. Suddenly in the middle of his address he stopped and pointing his finger at her said: 'You Miss, sitting there at the back, you can be saved now. You don't need to do anything!' Light flashed into her heart, and with it peace and joy. Charlotte Elliott went home and wrote her well-known hymn: 'Just as I am, without one plea ... O Lamb of God I come.' Those words have pointed to countless sinners the way of humble access to God through the blood of Christ. Yes, we dare to say to-day, to every one of the inhabitants of Shanghai or of any other city, that they can come to Him and be saved just as they are.

I repeat these incidents just to emphasize that what the sinner cannot do the Saviour is at hand to do for him. It is for this reason that we can tell people that they need not wait for anything, but can come to Him immediately. Whatever their state, whatever their problem, let them bring it and tell it to the Friend of sinners.

I like the song we sang today. It says, "Just as I am...I come! I come!" [Hymns, #1048]. I have told you before that this hymn was written by a woman in her twenties. She said that she had the sense of sin since she was very young. She wondered how a person like herself could face God. To her this was impossible. She visited many churches and talked with many pastors. She asked them questions and tried to find out from them how she could be saved. This went on for seven or eight years. Many told her that she had to do better before she could believe in Jesus. Others told her that she should pray more and study the Bible more. Still others told her to do good and perform noble deeds, or to do this or do that before she could believe in the Lord Jesus and be saved. As time went by, she found herself worse than before. In the end, she met an old preacher. She asked the old man what she must do before she could be saved. The old man put his hand on her back and said, "Go to God just as you are." She jumped up and asked, "Do I not have to do better, make more progress, and improve more before I can believe in the Lord Jesus?" The old man said, "There is no such need. You can come just as you are." On that day, she became clear and realized that she could come to the Lord just as she was.

God knows that we are sick. This is why He sent us the Doctor. Friends, have you ever been sick? Suppose I have a fever of one hundred five degrees. If I ask the doctor to come, will he say that he will come when the temperature drops to one hundred three? The sicker I am, the faster the doctor will come. If a person's temperature is ninety-eight degrees, the doctor may say that since it is only ninety-eight degrees, there is no need to go. The more serious your illness is, the faster the doctor will come. The woman admitted that she was a sick person and that Jesus Christ is the Physician from God who came to heal her. Not long after she returned home, she wrote this hymn: "Just as I am...I come! I come!"