May 30

Alan Jackson’s “Just As I Am”: Finding Salvation Through Christ

Alan Jackson

From all the miseries, troubles, and difficulties we have experienced in life, we are looking for a certain inner peace inside of us. Indeed, we are seeking for salvation. Deep in our hearts and souls, despite the sins we have committed, only salvation can relieve us. This is exactly what “Just As I Am” portrays. It describes finding salvation through Christ. And, if you’re looking for a hymn to ponder on and realize some things, then lend your ears. The hymn can definitely heal you.

Just As I Am…

The hymn is very popular all over the globe. It is being used in many churches and religious events. Also, it is being transferred from generation to generation. Charlotte Elliott wrote the hymn in 1935. The final verse of the hymn was taken from Elliott’s “Hours of Sorrow Cheered and Comforted.”

The Story…

Elliott wrote the hymn about finding salvation through Christ. Many individuals used it as the “call to the altar” at the close of services. Additionally, the hymn brings a modest message of sin, forgiveness, and salvation to all that turn away from sin and trust in Jesus. Moreover, the hymn became an altar call song in the Billy Graham crusades in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Rev. H. V. Elliott, Elliott’s brother, planned to hold a charity bazaar designed to give, at a nominal cost, a high education to the daughters of clergymen supported by St. Mary Church.

The night before the bazaar, Elliott kept thinking of her uselessness that was transitioned into a spiritual conflict. There, where she doubted her spiritual life that brought her an illusion of her emotions, an illusion that bounded to dispel.

The next day, while she lay upon her couch, the troubles of the night came back and continued distressing her thoughts and doubts. She decided her doubts and thoughts need to be met and conquered in the grace of God. Then, she gathered her thoughts, emotions, doubts, and worries and took a pen to write them down. Astonishingly, it became a hymn that everyone can relate and ponder too.

The Lyrics…

Just as I am, without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me

And that Thou bid’st I come to thee

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

Just as I am, though tossed about

With many a conflict, many a doubt

Fighting’s and fears within without

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

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

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

Because Thy promise I believe

O Lamb of God, I come, I come

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Alan Jackson, Just As I Am

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