1 When Jesus taught in Galilee, so many years ago,
Around him gathered eager crowds of people poor and low;
“This man receiveth sinners,” did the scribes, accusing, say!
Words grandly true when uttered, they are just as true today.
O blessed proclamation! bear it, speed it, ev’rywhere!
O star that shineth brightly thro’ the night of man’s despair!
What would we do without it, bearing all our guilt and shame!?—
“This man receiveth sinners,” blessed be his holy name.
2 No wonder that I love him, when he saved me from despair;
No wonder I am seeking other souls his grace to share;
O ye that wander far from God, come back, come back, I pray;
“This man receiveth sinners,” you will not be turned away. [Refrain]
3 Go tell the world about it, dwelling yet in hopeless night;
Have pity! they are dying, vainly groping for the light;
As rain upon the parched ground the words on them will fall,
“This man receiveth sinners,” yes he will receive them all. [Refrain]
Thomas O. Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. His boyhood was spent ona farm and in teaching district schools. He spent five years as editor of the local paper at Franklin. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the "Pentecostal Hearld" or Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church South. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916)… Go to person page >
Display Title: This Man Receiveth SinnersFirst Line: When Jesus taught in Galilee, so many years agoTune Title: [When Jesus taught in Galilee, so many years ago]Author: T. O. ChisholmDate: 1910Subject: Invitation |