I put some music on in the background and was thrilled when a beautiful rendition of the old hymn, “Come, Ye Sinners” (written in 1712) filled the room. The updated rendition called, “I Will Arise” was sung by Glen Campbell. For some reason, I didn’t expect this from the “Rhinestone Cowboy.” But as the Boys Choir of Harlem sang in the background, Glen’s distinctive voice gave a simple yet profound invitation to turn from our sinful ways and into the waiting and loving arms of Jesus. As I listened, I pictured the prodigal son running to his father and thought, “what a wonderful Easter message.”
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior,
Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
Glen Campbell is certainly a man with a well documented list of flaws. Friends said he worked hard, lived hard, and loved hard. His talent was huge and led to mega-stardom in the 1960s and ’70s. But by the time he married his wife Kim in 1981, he had been married and divorced three times. Before Kim, there was also the well publicized relationship with Tanya Tucker —22 years his junior. Despite all the wealth and fame, he battled alcoholism and cocaine addiction. His life was a wreck. But there in the muck and mire Glen Campbell proclaims he discovered the open arms of his dear Savior.
One of Satan’s great lies is that we must get our act together so we will somehow be more forgivable, lovable and acceptable to Jesus. It’s a wicked lie. And as this old hymn reminds us, if you wait until you get your act together, you will never come at all. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” But in a weekend that forever changed well, absolutely everything, “Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
In 1 Corinthians 15, among other things Paul explains that without the resurrection (Easter), preaching about Christ is useless, our faith is useless, we are all still lost and guilty of our sins, and [Christians] are the most pitiable people on earth. “But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead…” Paul goes on to explain, “…and everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.” That’s why Glen Campbell, you, I, and all who believe can joyfully sing:
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore.
In the arms of my dear Savior,
We will rest forever more.
It is because of Easter the ministry of LOGOI joyfully and persistently works to equip national pastors and missionaries to proclaim the Gospel and build up the church, the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12). It is also why we joyfully and persistently ask for your prayers and financial partnership. Good News, after all, is wonderful to share.
Easter is for all of us poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore. Easter is for sinners saved by God’s amazing grace. C.S. Lewis wrote, “It cost God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion” (Mere Christianity, ch. 10).
We think you will enjoy listening to Glen Campbell’s rendition, just click on this link: “I Will Arise”. If you belong to Christ, think of just a few of those 10,000 charms awaiting you—that will only last… forever. And if you don’t, remember that if you tarry, you may never come at all.
We’re so grateful you’re a part of our LOGOI Ministry family.