Just as He was

“That day, when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.” Mark 4:35,36

Isn’t that such a lovely phrase, “just as he was”?

How often in life, especially as an INFJ personality type, have I longed to be taken, ‘just as I am’. It is a thought that brings to mind the old hymn by Charlotte Elliot,”Just as I am”(1835). An invalid due to severe illness in her early thirties, and feeling useless in her physical weakness during a busy time of ministry in her brother’s home where she lived, she had gone through a dark night of the soul and came through to the other side with a solid assurance of faith. She wrote this poem in response:

Just as I am – without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

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!

Just as I am – though toss’d about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

A modern interpretation of the hymn can be heard here. It contains a bridge with the following lyrics:

“I come broken to be mended,
I come wounded to be healed,
I come desperate to be rescued, 
I come empty to be filled.
I come guilty to be pardoned,
by the blood of Christ the Lamb.
and I’m welcomed with open arms 
Praise God! Just as I am.”

We can come to Jesus, just as we are, and be assured that He will care for us through the storms of life.

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