Do Not Pass Me By

easter-golgotha-jesus-religion-crosses-prayerIt was a hot day.  The dust mingled with the blood that dripped on the ground.  Nasty shouts were coming from the crowd that had gathered to see what was happening.  Suddenly from a few yards away came the cry from one of the prisoners, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”

Jesus did not respond to all the insults, but when the criminal beside him humbly said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom,” this was his cry, “Please don’t forget me!  Please don’t pass me by!” Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” Imagine the joy in his heart.  He had been accepted by God!

One evening in 1868, Fanny Crosby was visiting a prison, walking down a long aisle between cells, reciting the Bible verses she knew by heart when she heard one of the prisoners cry out in a pleading voice, “Good Lord, do not pass me by.”

Later, thinking back on that desperate cry, Crosby wrote the hymn lyrics to Pass Me Not (oh gentle Savior), touching our fear of being excluded by God.

The hymn gained international recognition when introduced by Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey during their London revivals. According to Dr. Young, “This is Crosby’s first hymn to win worldwide acclaim.”

When it seems like the whole world does not care about us, we can cry to our Savior. He was mocked and rejected. He knows every pain.

“Seek the Lord while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

Pass Me Not (Oh Gentle Savior)

Verse 1
Pass me not, O gentle Savior, hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by.

Refrain:
Savior, Savior, hear my humble cry,
While on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by.

Verse 2
Let me at Thy throne of mercy find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition, help my unbelief.

Verse 3
Trusting only in Thy merit, would I seek Thy face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit, save me by Thy grace.

Verse 4
Thou the spring of all my comfort, more than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside Thee, whom in Heav’n but Thee.

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