Day 28 – Our Favorite Gospel Hymns: Amazing Grace
We’ve spent the past four weeks sharing stories of those who’ve had a moment when they entered into the good of the gospel message. They came to Christ as a lost sinner and accepted the gift of God’s Son—salvation! This moment changed everything for them and brought them eternal security found only through the blood of Jesus. There is no moment in life more crucial than this, and without Christ, we simply have no hope of being in heaven. Being good won’t get us there (“all have sinned and fall short…” Romans 3:23), and doing good things won’t get us there either (“not because of works done by us…” Titus 3:5).
The hymn we are sharing today talks about the grace of God—it truly is amazing! There was nothing about us that would be attractive to a holy and perfect God, and yet He chose to love us and to offer His Son to pay sin’s penalty in our place. It is His love and generous grace that led Him to Calvary’s cross. As we’ve shared these stories over the past month, we pray that you’ve found them encouraging, and if you have not received salvation, that they might help show you the way. Scripture has given us everything we need to intimately know Christ as Savior. Start in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and you’ll find the answer to your greatest need—Jesus! We are praying for those who may be searching.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
T’was grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come.
‘Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me;
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
—John Newton (1773)