"LET JESUS COME INTO YOUR HEART"
"…Believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions…" (Jn. 14.1-2)
INTRO.: A hymn which invites those who are lost to open their hearts to Jesus by believing in Him in "Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart" (#618 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written and the tune (McConnelsville or Just Now) was composed by Lelia Naylor (Mrs. Charles H.) Morris (1862-1929). Mrs. Morris has produced several well-known hymns and gospel songs such as "I Know God’s Promise Is True," Sweet Will of God," Nearer, Still Nearer," and "Sweeter as the Years Go By." This one, "Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart," came about in 1898 at a camp meeting in Mountain Lake Park, MD, where a woman came forward. Mrs. Morris told her, "Just now your doubtings give o’er." Henry Lake Gilmour, the song leader, added, "Just now reject Him no more." L. H. Baker, the preacher, pled, "Just now throw open the door." And Mrs. Morris concluded, "Let Jesus come into your heart." With these words in her mind, Mrs. Morris developed a melody to tie them together and completed the song before the meeting closed. Gilmour purchased the manuscript and published the song later that year in Pentecostal Praises which he compiled with William James Kirkpatrick.
Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, the chorus alone appeared in the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 edited by E. L. Jorgenson. The entire song was used in the 1959 Majestic Hymnal No. 2 and the 1978 Hymns of Praise both edited by Reuel Lemmons; and the 1963 Abiding Hymns edited by Robert C. Welch. Today the song may be found in the 1971 Songs of the Church, the 1990 Songs of the Church 21st C. Ed., and the 1994 Songs of Faith and Praise all edited by Alton H. Howard; the 1978/1983 (Church) Gospel Songs and Hymns edited by V. E. Howard; the 1986 Great Songs Revised edited by Forrest M. McCann; and the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand; in addition to Sacred Selections.
The song points out how letting Jesus come into our hearts will fulfill our greatest needs.
I. Stanza 1 talks about our load of sin
"If you are tired of the load of your sin, Let Jesus come into your heart;
If you desire a new life to begin, Let Jesus come into your heart."
A. In the same way that we often become physically tired, it is possible for people to be spiritually weary: Matt. 11.28-30
B. The thing that makes a person spiritually weary is the burden of sin: Rom. 3.23
C. However, letting Jesus come into our hearts enables us to walk in newness of life: Rom. 6.3-4
II. Stanza 2 talks about our need for purity
"If ’tis for purity now that you sigh, Let Jesus come into your heart;
Fountains for cleansing are flowing nearby, Let Jesus come into your heart."
A. Once a person realizes that he is tired of his load of sin, he sees the need to have his soul purified: 1 Pet. 1.22
B. God, by His grace, has made a fountain open for cleansing: Zech. 13.1
C. Therefore, letting Jesus come into our hearts enables us to be cleansed by the washing of water with the word: Eph. 5.26
III. Stanza 3 talks about stilling the tempest
"If there’s a tempest your voice cannot still, Let Jesus come into your heart;
If there’s a void this world never can fill, Let Jesus come into your heart."
A. A tempest or warfare goes on in the individual who is lost in sin: Rom. 7.15-23
B. Jesus is able to still such a tempset just as He was able to still the storms on the sea: Matt. 8.23-26
C. Therefore, letting Jesus come into our hearts enables us to overcome this world through faith: 1 Jn. 5.3-4
IV. Stanza 4 talks about having a Friend
"If friends, once trusted, have proven untrue, Let Jesus come into your heart;
Find what a Friend He will be unto you, Let Jesus come into your heart."
A. It is good to have friends in this life: Prov. 17.17
B. However, such friends are humand and often, sometimes on purpose and other times unintentionally, prove to be untrue: 2 Tim. 2.10, 16
C. Yet, letting Jesus come into our hearts gives us a true friend who will never leave nor forsake us: Matt. 11.19, Heb. 13.5-6
V. Stanza 5 talks about the hope of an eternal dwelling place
"If you would join the glad songs of the blest, Let Jesus come into your heart;
If you would enter the mansions of rest, Let Jesus come into your heart."
A. The Bible pictures the victorious redeemed singing glad songs before the throne: Rev. 5.8-10
B. Because God loves us, He has made it possible for us to enter that eternal city to be with them: Rev. 22.14
C. Therefore, letting Jesus come into our hearts enables us to have the hope of those mansions of rest: Jn. 14.1-3
CONCL.: The chorus repeats and reemphasizes the plea for one to open his heart to the Lord.
"Just now, your doubtings give o’er; Just now, reject Him no more;
Just now, throw open the door; Let Jesus come into your heart."
For reasons unknown Ellis J. Crum, the editor of Sacred Selections, changed the line "Just now, throw open the door" to "Just now, obey we implore." Is it absolutely necessary for every invitation song specifically to say that one must "obey," or can we not trust the preaching of the gospel before the invitation song to tell people in detail what they must do to "throw open the door" when they respond to the invitation? While the New Testament does not specifically mention "invitation songs," they can be expedient means of concluding gospel preaching and encouraging a sinner to respond by saying to him, "Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart."