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 A Hymn History

“Jesus Saves”

by Priscilla J. Owens, 1829-1907

The heart of the Christian gospel is a person, not a church or a system of doctrinal interpretation.  To evangelize is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ – that He came to this world, died for our sins and was raised from the grave according to the Scriptures.  And, as the reigning Lord, He now meets every human need with His forgiveness of sins and the indwelling gift of His Holy Spirit to all who repent and believe.

Today, however, many false teachers claim that God speaks equally through all religions and ideologies.  Those who believe this do not consider a personal faith in the person and work of Christ to be essential.  We must reject as derogatory to our Lord and His gospel every teaching that makes this boast.  The Bible is dogmatic: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Timothy 2:5).

Priscilla J. Owens, a Baltimore public school teacher for 49 years, wrote these soul stirring words for a missionary service project in the Sunday School of the Union Square Methodist Church.  Fourteen years later, William Kirkpatrick wedded his vibrant music to her words.  Through the years they have challenged God’s people with the urgency of soul winning and proven that although creeds may change, the written Word of God does not.

Try to speak to someone about trusting Jesus and Him alone for salvation from sin and the satisfaction of every need.  Carry this musical message: “We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!  Bear the news to every land; climb the steeps and cross the waves; Onward! Tis our Lord’s command! Jesus saves! Jesus saves!