“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior.”
—John Newton, quoted in Jonathan Aitken, John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007), 347
Based on this quote, Michael Tinker has written these words:
Our King is a king of mercy
He gave the blind their sight and the dumb their speech
He healed the sick and raised the dead
Our King is a king of mercy.
Even though our memories may fail us
May we always remember this:
We are great sinners
But we have a great Saviour in Christ.
Our King is a king of cruel scars
He was beaten, stricken, whipped and condemned to die
Though he had done no wrong at all –
Our King is a king of cruel scars.
Our King is a king of passion
‘It is finished!’ he cried out and gave up his life
So we could be his family:
Our King is a king of passion.
Our King is a king of glory
Even death could not keep hold of this king of life
He rose triumphant from the grave
Our King is a king of glory.