JESUS SAVES                                                                                  written in 1882

The Story

Priscilla Owens (1829-1907) was a public school teacher for 49 years… and a Sunday School teacher for 50 years. She evidently loved to teach children!

One year, the Sunday School of Baltimore’s Union Square Methodist Episcopal Church was asked to prepare a special missionary service. The church leaders needed a missionary song, one that children as well as adults could sing. They didn’t want something somber; they wanted something as exciting as missionary service us.

Priscilla, who had written simple songs for the children to sing in Sunday School, was tasked with writing this missionary song. It may have been the only “adult” song she ever wrote, but it has since been sung all around the world. And the message is just as true today as it was on the day she wrote it: Jesus saves!

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – celebrate and share the salvation of Jesus!

We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Spread the tidings all around: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land, climb the mountains, cross the waves;
onward! ’tis our Lord’s command; Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Waft it on the rolling tide: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Tell to sinners far and wide: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Sing, you islands of the sea; echo back, you ocean caves;
earth shall keep her jubilee: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Sing above the battle strife: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
By His death and endless life Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout it brightly through the gloom, when the heart for mercy craves;
sing in triumph o’er the tomb: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Give the winds a mighty voice: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Let the nations now rejoice: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout salvation full and free; highest hills and deepest caves;
this our song of victory: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

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