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Two hundred and seventy-one years ago this evening in London, England, a very religious man was converted to Jesus Christ.  His name?

John Wesley.  On May 24th, 1738 (about 8:45 PM we are told) Wesley felt his heart “strangely warmed.”  It would be difficult to find one, let alone two men, who were more “religious” yet unconverted, than John and Charles (Charles was converted before John, 5/21) Wesley.  They had Disciple with a capital “D,” they were reading some of the right things, they were active in helping others but were not truly converted.

 

Quakers know (others should know more than they do) that George Fox was advocating holiness a century (round figures) before Wesley.  But Wesley and Wesley (and others) saw a greater surge toward heart purity in their day.  While we are not Wesleyan in name, we can appreciate the dramatic and lasting influence the Wesleys had on England and (via Asbury, et al) on our native, needy land.

 

Personally, I could wish John had had a happier marriage (Charles did), and would have had more haircuts.  He is not on a pedestal with me as with some men, but I’m very glad for his salvation, his emphasis on heart purity, and his view of and practice of evangelism.  Thank God for the 24th of the 5th month in the year of our Lord one thousand, seven-hundred and thirty eight.  Thank God for John (and Charles) Wesley!

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“O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

He speaks, and, listening to His voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

In Christ your Head, you then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Glory to God, and praise and love
Be ever, ever given,
By saints below and saints above,
The church in earth and heaven.

On this glad day the glorious Sun
Of Righteousness arose;
On my benighted soul He shone
And filled it with repose.

Sudden expired the legal strife,
’Twas then I ceased to grieve;
My second, real, living life
I then began to live.

Then with my heart I first believed,
Believed with faith divine,
Power with the Holy Ghost received
To call the Savior mine.

I felt my Lord’s atoning blood
Close to my soul applied;
Me, me He loved, the Son of God,
For me, for me He died!

I found and owned His promise true,
Ascertained of my part,
My pardon passed in heaven I knew
When written on my heart.

Look unto Him, ye nations, own
Your God, ye fallen race;
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
Be justified by grace.

See all your sins on Jesus laid:
The Lamb of God was slain,
His soul was once an offering made
For every soul of man.

Awake from guilty nature’s sleep,
And Christ shall give you light,
Cast all your sins into the deep,
And wash the Æthiop white.

Harlots and publicans and thieves
In holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
From crimes as great as mine.

Murderers and all ye hellish crew
In holy triumph join!
Believe the Savior died for you;
For me the Savior died.

With me, your chief, ye then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Charles Wesley was converted to Jesus Christ this date 5/21/1738.

On 5/21/1739 Wesley wrote this hymn on the first anniversary of his conversion.  He wrote 6000 hymns across some fifty years or an

average of 120 a year.  This means he wrote (on the average) between

two and three a week.  And, as seen here, some were not short!

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