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


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

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jhonnrjavier

    December 20, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    What a beautiful poem!


  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!


  6. Elouise

    December 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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

    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….!

      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.

        Liked by 1 person


    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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