How sweet the name of Jesus sounds -- John Newton (1725-1807)
At the age of eighty, John Newton was quite deaf and almost blind. But, he still continued to preach. For his final messages, Newton brought an aide to the pulpit. The aide would read the next point of Newton’s sermon outline, and Newton would then expound on that point.
On one particular Sunday, not long before Newton’s death, the assistant read the first point and Newton said to the congregation, “Jesus is precious.” He paused and waited until the aide read the second point. Newton said again, “Jesus is precious.”
The aide reminded Newton that he already had said that. “Yes, I said it twice,” the aged pastor replied. “and I’ll say it again! Jesus is precious.” Then he asked the congregation to sing the hymn he had written many years before, “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds.”
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