Just As I Am Lyrics

Charlotte Elliott
Charlotte Elliott
William Bradbury
William Bradbury
Words:Charlotte Elliot
Music:William Bradbury
Key:D major
Time Sig:6/4
Tempo:122 | ballad
Tune:WOODWORTH
Meter:L.M.
CCLI #:5253225
Verse:John 6:37
verse 1
Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me.
And that Thou biddest me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

verse 2
Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot.
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

verse 3
Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

verse 4
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!

Words by Charlotte Elliott.
Music by William B. Bradbury.
HymnCharts.com
CCLI #5253225

The Unconditional Invitation of “Just As I Am”

Charlotte Elliott’s beloved hymn “Just As I Am” is a powerful testament to the unconditional love and grace of God. The lyrics, born from Elliott’s own struggles with illness and feelings of inadequacy, speak directly to the heart of every believer who has ever felt unworthy of coming before the Lord.

Coming to Christ Without Pretense

The first verse sets the tone for the entire hymn, emphasizing that we can come to Christ just as we are, “without one plea.” Elliott reminds us that our salvation is not based on our own merits or good works, but solely on the blood of Jesus shed for us on the cross. This verse is a comforting reminder that God’s invitation to come to Him is extended to all, regardless of their past or present circumstances.

The Cleansing Power of Christ’s Blood

In the second verse, Elliott acknowledges the presence of sin in our lives, using the imagery of “one dark blot” on the soul. However, she quickly points to the solution: the blood of Christ, which has the power to cleanse each spot. This verse encourages us to come to Jesus without hesitation, trusting in His ability to forgive and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Facing Doubts and Conflicts

The third verse speaks to the inner turmoil that many believers face, being “tossed about” with conflicts, doubts, and fears. Elliott’s words remind us that these struggles are a common part of the Christian journey and that we can bring them all to the feet of Jesus. By repeating the phrase “I come!” at the end of each verse, the hymn emphasizes the importance of continually turning to Christ in the midst of life’s challenges.

The Promise of God’s Welcome

In the final verse, Elliott highlights the promises of God’s acceptance and forgiveness. She assures us that when we come to Christ, He will “receive, welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve.” This verse is a beautiful reminder of the depth of God’s love for us and the extent of His grace. By believing in His promises, we can approach the throne of grace with confidence, knowing that we are accepted and beloved in Christ.

A Timeless Message of Grace

“Just As I Am” has endured as a beloved hymn for over 150 years, speaking to generations of believers who have found comfort and assurance in its simple yet profound message. From its origins in Charlotte Elliott’s personal struggles to its widespread use in Billy Graham’s crusades, this hymn has been a powerful instrument in drawing countless souls to the Savior. As we sing these words, may we be reminded of the unconditional love and grace of God, and may we come to Him just as we are, trusting in His power to redeem and restore us.

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