Jesus Christ, the Lord's anointed

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This is an hymn by John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, Hymn 78 of Book 1, entitled On one stone shall be seven eyes. Meter is 87. 87. 11. (87. 87. 47). Biblical basis of stanzas: 1 – Zechariah 3:9; 3 – Matthew 3:17; 4 – 1 Timothy 3:16; 5 – John 12:31; 6 – John 3:15; 7 – 1 Peter 2:7; 8 – Psalm 118:22; and 9 – Revelation 1:7.

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1. Jesus Christ, the Lord’s anointed,
Who his blood for sinners spilt;
Is the Stone by God appointed,
And the church is on him built:
He delivers all who trust him from their guilt.

2. Many eyes at once are fixed
On a person so divine;
Love, with aweful justice mixed,
In his great redemption shine:
Mighty JESUS! give me leave to call thee mine.

3. By the Father’s eye approved,
Lo, a voice is heard from heaven,
“Sinners, this is my Beloved,
For your ransom freely given:
All offenses, for his sake, shall be forgiven.”


4. Angels with their eyes pursued him,
When he left his glorious throne;
With astonishment they viewed him
Put the form of servant on:
Angels worshiped him who was on earth unknown.

5. Satan and his host amazed,
Saw this stone in Zion laid;
Jesus, though to death abased,
Bruised the subtle serpent’s head:
When to save us, on the cross his blood he shed.

6. When a guilty sinner sees him,
While he looks his soul is healed;
Soon this sight from anguish frees him,
And imparts a pardon sealed:
May this Savior be to all our hearts revealed!


7. With desire and admiration,
All his blood–bought flock behold;
Him who wrought out their salvation,
And enclosed them in his fold:
Yet their warmest love, and praises, are too cold.

8. By the eye of carnal reason
Many view him with disdain;
How will they abide the season
When he’ll come with all his train:
To escape him then they’ll wish, but wish in vain.

9. How their hearts will melt and tremble
When they hear his aweful voice;
But his saints he’ll then assemble,
As his portion and his choice;
And receive them to his everlasting joys.

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