My only claim- Jesus!

Just over a hundred years ago, a woman was buried in an old churchyard in Enfield. Six lines on her tombstone show that she knew that not character but Christ, saves:

If friendship, kindness, truth, goodwill and love

Could prove a passport to the realms above,

The soul that tenanted this mouldering frame

To God’s right hand might justly lay a claim.

But her own works she scorned as worthless dust:

Her Savior’s merits were her only trust.

No wonder the songwriter said,

Should I at the gates of Heaven appear
To answer the challenge “What claim hast thou Here?
What hast thou to offer, yea, what is thy plea?”
With blessed assurance my answer would be:
“All that I have is Jesus! All that I claim is Jesus!
All that I want, all that I need, all that I plead is Jesus!”

Of all earthly treasures, nothing I’ve brought;
No great deeds of merit have I ever wrought.
Tho’ vile and unworthy as mortal could be,
I’ve nothing to offer; but this is my plea:
“All that I have is Jesus! All that I claim is Jesus!
All that I want, all that I need, all that I plead is Jesus!”

My sins, they are many; my virtues are few.
The blood of my Saviour will carry me through!
When Christ in my place died on Calvary’s tree,
Hallelujah! That opened God’s Heaven to me!
“All that I have is Jesus! All that I claim is Jesus!
All that I want, all that I need, all that I plead is Jesus!”

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