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A precious hymn that we sang while growing up both in school and the church was called, “Pass me not, O gentle Savoir.” I always remember it because as the days go by it makes more sense to me. Pass me not O gentle Savior is one side of the coin and the other side is Forsake me not gentle O Savoir; as you weigh your walk through life on earth.

Pass me not O gentle Savior reminds one of the days when our Lord and Savior walked the street of Judea, Jerusalem and surrounding cities. Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46, when he heard a lot of people moving along the road, he was curious since he could not see. When he inquired they told him Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. He forgot that he was a beggar and immediately got his priorities right. Ask for alms or ask for what was absolutely important than alms, his sight. As soon as he settled that in his heart, he acted out his heart’s conviction. He started to shout out to Jesus, because this does not happen twice. Jesus may not pass his way again. As the people tried to silence him, the more he shouted and persisted.  Blind Bartimaeus cried the more saying, “thou Son of David have mercy upon me.” And the scripture said, Jesus stood still and sent for him. That was the, “Pass me not O gentle Savoir moment for Bartimaeus.” Jesus met his need and he received his sight. Now the question is what is your own Pass me not O gentle Savoir moment? Bartimaeus was blind but his chance came and he did not let it slip away. He said Jesus, “thou Son of David have mercy on me.” Have you ever come to that point? Did Jesus Christ ever stand still for your cry for mercy? It takes faith and belief in what Jesus Christ can do.

Remember Luke 19:1-10, Zaccheus was a rich man in the days that Jesus was passing through Jericho. He heard about Jesus and wished to see who he was; so when he learned that Jesus Christ was passing by he made effort to see him. The bible said Zaccheus was of a little stature, he would not be able to see him passing by. So he determined in his heart that this was perhaps his only chance of Jesus passing by where he was residing. According, to Luke 19:4, “And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree, to see him; for he was to pass that way.” This was a rich man and a chief among the publicans, he wanted to see who Jesus was, and ignored his stature and status, the shame and ridicule of men to climb a tree. He ran ahead to find a tree to climb to position himself where he could see who this Jesus Christ was. It was a settlement and decision he had to take at short notice in his heart without consultations. This was his chance to have a glimpse at Jesus in the midst of the following crowd, because he was passing by that way and many not have another opportunity. When Jesus was passing by and got to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, “Zaccheus, make haste and come down; for today I must abide in thy house.” He came down and called him Lord and welcomed God to his house and salvation came to him. Pass me not O gentle Savior. What about you, he is passing by now? This time on earth is your chance for Pass me not O gentle Savoir. It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment, Hebrews 9:27. You are passing this way once, what is your plan to meet with Jesus?

The other side of the coin is Forsake me not O gentle Savior. Make sure you have a complete or full coin. You cannot have one side and not the other. Let us look at a clear example, one of the thieves on the cross with Jesus Christ. In Luke 23:39-43, Jesus Christ was crucified between two thieves and one railed on him, saying, “If thou be Christ save thyself and us.” God does not need to save himself. He had no revelation of who Jesus is; it comes from the heart. The other thief in his heart judged himself, and concluded that he was a sinner and got what he deserved and believed in his heart that there was another life after the present. He called Jesus Lord and said to him, “Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” He was hanging on the cross and death was close. He did not want his last hours to end without purpose and Jesus was before him passing by. He made his move from his heart by acknowledging Jesus as Lord (only by the Holy Spirit); this ensured his salvation. He confessed before Jesus that he was a sinner and was receiving the judgment he deserved and that Jesus did nothing amiss; and called Jesus Lord. By these steps he made sure that since he was not blind and able to cry out like Bartemaeus, could not run to climb like Zaccheus and was hanging helplessly on the cross, he could confess what his conviction was. By these the thief on the cross did not allow the gentle Savior to pass him by. This side of life he locked in his life with Jesus the Christ.

On the other side of the coin, the thief confessed his faith and it was confirmed. He said to Jesus, “Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” By this move the thief sealed his life after death with the confirmation of God. God said to him, “Verily I say unto you today shall thou be with me in paradise.” This took care of the other side of the coin Forsake me not O gentle Savior. After Jesus Christ rose from the dead as well as many others, who knows if the thief, if he were already dead and buried was one of them. Even if was not one of them he was settled in paradise. Remember Jesus Christ said heaven and earth will pass away but not my word (Matt 24:35); which included what he said to the thief; “today shall thou be with me in paradise.

Now you get my point, for your coin on earth to be cashable in heaven must meet you on the positive side of both, ‘Pass me not by O gentle Savior and Forsake me not O gentle Savior. Those who are saved and hold fast till the end like the thief on the cross will be in the positive side at the end of the days on earth.  Jesus is passing by now, because today is the day of salvation, 2nd Corinthians 6:2 reads, “behold, now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.” Jesus died on the cross to offer salvation to all who accept him as Savior and Lord. That is why the song says Pass me not by O gentle Savior, salvation is only possible while you are physically alive. You have the opportunity to come to yourself, like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24), through a live of sin; and examine yourself and come to the point when you meet Jesus and confess your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you, wash your sins in his blood as your Savior and come into your life and be your Savior, Lord and God. If you do that and follow his word, then for sure you can say Pass me not by O gentle Savior has been resolved; because you have been to the cross.

Then the other side of the coin is Forsake me not O gentle Savior. This is by faith and revelation. Like the thief on the cross you must believe and settle in your heart that Jesus has a Father’s house with many mansions. You must believe there is a city called New Jerusalem with twelve gates and streets of gold. The people who can go in there are people whose names are in the book of life of the Lamb. Going in the rapture or translation is the surest way of confirming, “Forsake me not O gentle Savior.  Every side of the coin is dependent on your acceptance of the word of God by faith, hope and love. Take that finite risk of trusting the word of God as a child.  The words of Jesus Christ shall surely come to pass.

Jesus Christ will not Pass you by as O gentle Savior if you acknowledge your sin, confess and welcome him into your life. Also Jesus Christ will not Forsake you as O gentle Savior if you believe and leave by his word and expecting his return to take you home. Some words of Jesus Christ you must believe and accept are:

  1. John 3:18 which states, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
  2. In Hebrews 13:5 reads, “—–I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” This is for the believer.
  3. Mark 16:16 states, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
  4. According to Acts 2:38, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
  5. Jesus said in John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am ye may be also.”
  6. In 1st 4:13-18 it states, “—— For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

With these you can know where you stand if Jesus Christ comes suddenly, in an hour you think not, in a moment, as a thief in the night, in a twinkling of an eye. These scenarios are made manifest in Matt. 25:1-10, where at midnight suddenly the Lord arrived and those that were ready went in while others went to by oil and the door was shut.

Remember according to the admonitions of brother Neal Frisby before he went to be with the Lord, in scroll 318 and 319, he wrote about Matt. 25 and specifically said, ”Don’t forget to remember always Matt. 25:10.” This reads, “And while they went to by, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the do was shut.” What is your position today and now; will it be positive or negative for you when weighed in the balance of, Pass me not by O gentle Savior and Forsake me not O gentle Savior. Jesus Christ becomes Savior and Judge. The rainbow throne and the white throne, the same one ‘SAT’ on the thrones.  The choice is now yours, about where you end. Pass me not O gentle Savior and Forsake me not O gentle Savior; Lord and Judge.

When and where was your moment of, Pass me not by O gentle Savior; On what scripture do you hold on to the Lord Jesus Christ, for your Forsake me not O gentle Savior? The thief on the cross knew for sure where he was going and Jesus Christ his Savior, Lord God confirmed it to him saying, “Today shall thou be with me in paradise.” Soon the Lord will come and the door will be shut. Will you be in or out of that door?

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