Just as I am

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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!
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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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Dun32003

Nairobi, Kenya

If there's one thing and in fact the only thing I ever heard Billy Graham preach, it was the Cross and Salvation.


Suzanne

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

This song came to mind today as we embark on a Holy Spirit weekend in the Alpha Course. May God draw all His children to peace and freedom with Him. Thank You Jesus!


Cheryl Knobloch

Jennings, FL, United States

I was privileged to work for the Billy Graham Crusades in Taipei, Taiwan, when I was just out of high school in 1962. This hymn moved thousands to accept Jesus Christ, always moved me to tears then, and still does now. The world will miss his presence, but he is HOME.


Olabuja Joshua

Asaba, Delta, Nigeria

Of a great true he did his best to served God and humanity. Gone beloved rest in the place of our God till I come. Good night a preacher, mentor, and father of GOSPEL OF CHRIST.


Lynda Paige Vickerman

Waleska, GA, United States

I was in Billy Graham's choir when he came to Minnesota to preach when I was in High School and will never forget this song at the close. As people came forward crying while giving their lives to Christ Jesus the choir was also in tears at the power of God to transform lives. Billy Graham was the purest human being and was til death. There is a wonderful celebration going on in heaven right now.


Anna Pacatang

Kailua Kona, Hawaii, United States

I will never forget Billy Graham Crusade in Hilo, Hawaii.

By the 2nd verse of this song, I started down the aisle to the front of the auditorium to give my life to Jesus Christ, at the age of 12. I am 67 now and am moved each time I hear this famous invitational hymn. God bless the lives of those touched by Billy Graham Crusades.


Bill

Laurinburg, NC, United States

This was the only song ever sang at the end of Billy Graham evangelistic crusades. A simple song with such deep meaning, Just As I Am, without one plea, wilt pardon, cleanse, relieve, wretched, blind and every other blemish that separates us from God. Jesus will remove it all. Blessed be the name of Jesus.


Mary Sloane

Whitsett, NC, United States

Like many other congregations yesterday we sang this song in remembrance of Billy Graham. How many times I have listened to and sung the words, but yesterday we honored a great man of God and he will be missed by all.


Margaret Spears

Camano Island, WA, United States

We played and sang this today in memory of the mighty work of God through his child Billy Graham. We are at a hospital in WA state and both are parents are on the third floor ill. What comfort to know our Jesus is with them, with us, with all...


Leslie Coslet

Wauconda, IL, United States

We sang today at Willow Creek, South Barrington. Prayers to Billy Graham's family. Please watch at Willowcreek. TV. Powerful!

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!"