"THERE’S A PARDON FULL AND SWEET"
"…And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more" (Heb. 8.12)
INTRO.: A song which indicates that sinners should respond to the invitation because Jesus offers a pardon where God has promised not to remember their sins and their iniquities any more is "There’s A Pardon Full And Sweet." The text was written by Eliza Jane Hewitt (1851-1920). Some of her other well known songs include "Give Me Thy Heart," "More About Jesus," "My Faith Has Found a Resting Place," "Stepping in the Light," "Sunshine in My Soul," "When We All Get to Heaven," and "Who Will Follow Jesus?" The tune was composed by Edwin Othello Excell (1851-1921). The song was first published in his 1894 Triumphant Songs No. 3. The copyright was renewed in 1922 by the Hope Publishing Co.
Other well known melodies by Excell include those for "Count Your Blessings," "In the Shadow of His Wings," "Jesus Bids Us Shine," "Let Him In," and "Since I Have Been Redeemed." Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "There’s A Pardon Full and Sweet" appeared in the 1921 Great Songs of the Church (No. 1) edited by E. L. Jorgenson; the 1948 Christian Hymns No. 2 and the 1966 Christian Hymns No. 3 both edited by L. O. Sanderson; the 1952 Hymns of Praise and Devotion edited by Will W. Slater; and the 1959 Majestic Hymnal No. 2 and the 1978 Hymns of Praise both edited by Reuel Lemmons.
The song suggests that for those who come to the Lord in faith there will be pardon and welcome.
I. Stanza 1 refers to a pardon for past sin
"There’s a pardon full and sweet, ‘Tis for you, ’tis for me;
Blessed rest at Jesus’ feet, ‘Tis for you and me."
A. Pardon refers to forgiveness of all past sins: Eph. 1.7
B. This pardon is full and sweet because God has promised to forgive any and all sin: Mk. 3.28
C. Those who come to Jesus for this pardon will find rest: Matt. 11.28-30
II. Stanza 2 refers to help for the present time
"There’s a help for every day, ‘Tis for you, ’tis for me;
Joy and blessing by the way, ‘Tis for you and me."
A. For those who have been pardoned, Jesus promises to be their helper so that they do not need to fear what man might do to them: Heb. 13.6
B. They can find joy in Christ: Phil. 4.4
C. Indeed, they can have all spiritual blessings in Christ: Eph. 1.3
III. Stanza 3 refers to hope for the future
"There’s a robe of snowy white, ‘Tis for you, ’tis for me;
There’s a home of glory bright, ‘Tis for you and me."
A. God has promised that those who have been pardoned through Jesus’s blood will wear robes of white: Rev. 7.13-14
B. The Lord is preparing them a home: Jn. 14.1-3
C. When they reach that home, they will dwell in the glory of God: Heb. 2.10
CONCL.: The chorus points out that we must believe and seek the Lord’s salvation.
"All for you, if you believe, If salvation you receive;
There’s a welcome, warm and true, All for you, all for me."
The Lord extends His invitation for all mankind to come to Him to receive forgiveness of sins. The church makes this invitation known through the preaching of the gospel of Christ. We sing invitation songs to encourage those who are lost to accept the Lord’s invitation by faith and obedience. In all of this the aim is to let a lost and dying world know that "There’s A Pardon Full and Sweet."