Tuesday Hymns: “Jesus Sinners Doth Receive”

Erdmann Neumeister (12 May 1671 – 18 August 1756) was a German Lutheran pastor during the first half of the 18th century, and is the author of our Tuesday Hymn of the Week: Jesus Sinners Doth Receive. The message of the hymn is the same as we find in the first two verses of Psalm 32: “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

Although, as the hymn states, “on God’s grace we have no claim,” He has, through Christ’s perfect life and sacrificial death, provided salvation for His people. The message that “Jesus doth sinners receive” gives us the assurance that our sins are forgiven, not through any thing that we have done, or might do; but through the manifold grace of God. The hymn has been attached to Johann Crüger’s tune, JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT, and Christian Keymann’s MEINEM JESUM LASS’ ICH NICHT.

Jesus sinners doth receive:”
Word of surest consolation;
Word all sorrow to relieve,
Word of pardon, peace, salvation!
Naught like this can comfort give:
“Jesus sinners doth receive.”

On God’s grace we have no claim,
Yet to us his pledge is given;
He hath sworn by his own Name,
Open are the gates of heaven.
Take to heart this word and live:
“Jesus sinners doth receive.”

When a helpless lamb doth stray,
After it, the Shepherd, pressing
Thro’ each dark and dang’rous way,
Brings it back, his own possessing.
Jesus seeks thee, O believe:
“Jesus sinners doth receive.”

O, how blest it is to know:
Were as scarlet my transgression,
It shall be as white as snow
By thy blood and bitter passion;
For these words I now believe:
“Jesus sinners doth receive.”

Now my conscience is at peace,
From the Law I stand acquitted;
Christ hath purchased my release
And my ev’ry sin remitted.
Naught remains my soul to grieve—
“Jesus sinners doth receive.”

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