Seeing Jesus as: Immanuel God with Us
Just before John "Amazing Grace" Newton (1725-1807) was unable to preach any longer because of failing mind and strength, that gloriously converted slave ship captain was preaching one of his final sermons.
His eyesight was nearly gone and his memory was fast declining so an assistant would stand in the pulpit to help him preach his sermon.
On his last Sunday, Newton was reading from I Peter 2:7.
1 Peter 2:7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,"
Looking up and starting his sermon, Pastor John Newton twice repeated the words, "Jesus Christ is precious." Quietly his helper whispered to Newton "You have already said that twice," and then just as quietly whispered to Newton, "go on." To which Newton is reported to have roared loudly from the pulpit "I said that twice, and I am going to say it again". Then the rafters reverberated as the old preacher shouted with all of his failing strength, "JESUS CHRIST IS PRECIOUS!"
It was from this final stretch of the race John Newton had run for Christ that we gain this wonderful hymn on the precious Christ we with him so love and adore. Let me share those words for you this evening. It is titled--
HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDS
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer's ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole and calms the troubled breast; 'tis manna to the hungry soul and to the weary rest.
Dear name! the Rock on which I build, my Shield and Hiding place, my never failing Treasury filled with boundless stores of grace.
Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend, my Prophet, Priest and King, my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End, accept the praise I bring.
Weak is the effort of my heart, and cold my warmest thought; but when I see Thee as Thou art I'll praise ...
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