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Looking Unto Jesus (A John Newton Poem)

20 Dec

 

By various maxims, forms and rules,
That pass for wisdom in the schools,
I strove my passion to restrain;
But all my efforts proved in vain.

But since the Saviour I have known
My rules are all reduced to one;
To keep my Lord, by faith, in view,
This strength supplies and motives too.

I see him lead a suff’ring life,
Patient, amidst reproach and strife;
And from his pattern courage take
To bear, and suffer, for his sake.

Upon the cross I see him bleed,
And by the sight from guilt am freed;
This sight destroys the life of sin,
And quickens heav’nly life within.

To look to Jesus as he rose
Confirms my faith, disarms my foes;
Satan I shame and overcome,
By pointing to my Saviour’s tomb.

Exalted on his glorious throne,
I see him make my cause his own;
Then all my anxious cares subside,
For Jesus lives, and will provide.

I see him look with pity down,
And hold in view the conqu’ror’s crown;
If pressed with griefs and cares before,
My soul revives, nor asks for more.

By faith I see the hour at hand
When in his presence I shall stand;
Then it will be my endless bliss,
To see him where, and as he is.

John Newton

 
 
12 Comments

Posted by on December 20, 2014 in christian poem, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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12 responses to “Looking Unto Jesus (A John Newton Poem)

  1. jameslantern

    December 20, 2014 at 5:04 am

     
  2. jameslantern

    December 20, 2014 at 5:06 am

    #j.newton, #charles.s

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  3. jhonnrjavier

    December 20, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Reblogged this on jhonnrobert.com and commented:
    What a beautiful poem!

    Like

     
  4. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    December 21, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Levi – Thank you for sharing John Newton’s work with us.

    Liked by 1 person

     
  5. Anna Waldherr

    December 21, 2014 at 5:07 am

    For Jesus lives! Hallelujah!

    Like

     
  6. Elouise

    December 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    A tender poem from a tough old bird. Thanks, Levi.
    Elouise

    Liked by 1 person

     
    • Elouise

      December 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Oops. I did NOT mean you’re the tough old bird! Though you might be….!
      Elouise

      Liked by 1 person

       
      • Levi Thetford

        December 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

        You calling me tough? Well, in some regards maybe i am, but i have a soft heart. Lol.

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  7. SLIMJIM

    December 22, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Thank you for sharing this poem by Newton!

    Liked by 1 person

     
    • Levi Thetford

      December 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      My pleasure, SJ. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas..

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