Frances Crosby talk – Part 3

This post is part of a series

Yesterday I talked about one of Frances’ favorite stories from the Bible, where Jesus shows that you can see just fine when you’re blind.

As an older woman she was approached by a pastor who asked her whether she was disappointed that Jesus hadn’t restored her sight. Quick as a flash she said “no”. The pastor was just confused by this, who wouldn’t want that kind of disability undone if given the opportunity. But she just shrugged and said, “when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Saviour!”

That just reminds me of the blind man in back in John, Jesus came and found the blind man later ad said to him “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshipped him.

Jesus whole point is that the people who don’t get who he is are actually blind. But that he came into the world so that those who don’t see, will see.

In finishing up this series I want to share with you probably Frances Crosby’s most famous song. One day a guy by the name of William Doane out of the blue knocked on Frances’ door and he said “Hi, I’ve got this melody line and I was wondering whether you could write the words for it. Trouble is I’m catching a train in 40 mins” So Doane played Frances the melody line and then for the next half an hour they both sat in total silence as Frances knocked out the words in her head. This is the finished product.

To God be the glory, great things He has done;

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus.. we see

Frances Crosby was a blind woman who in a way saw things with crystal clarity. She’s looking forward to seeing clearly. Jesus wants us all to see clearly.

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