WHEN HE COMETH
William O. Cushing, 1823–1902
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)
The scriptural promise of Christ’s second coming is always a thrilling truth for believers to ponder. Beyond that, the thought of the Savior creating a jeweled crown from little children who love Him is a fascinating pictorial concept. William Orcutt Cushing conceived the idea for his “Jewel Song” text from the promise in Malachi 3:17: “And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels.” Pastor Cushing wrote the text for the children in his own Sunday school in 1856.
Several years later, William Cushing suffered a period of deep despair in his life. After the death of his wife, he developed a creeping paralysis and the loss of his speech at the age of 47. He was forced to retire from the ministry after 27 years as an active and successful pastor in Disciples of Christ churches. When he pleaded, “Lord, give me something to do for Thee,” God answered, giving him the gift of writing appealing hymn texts. He worked with such talented musicians as Ira Sankey and George Root to produce more than 300 gospel hymns during his remaining years. Such hymns as “Hiding in Thee,” “Under His Wings,” and “There’ll Be No Dark Valley” are just a few of his texts that have since contributed much to the lives of Christians everywhere.
William Cushing’s picturesque words in today’s hymn, “They shall shine in their beauty—bright gems for His crown,” could also be used to describe his own qualities of character. He was known by his many friends to be a noble, sweet, deeply spiritual Christian. Loved by all, Cushing continued to inspire and encourage others despite his handicap until the end of his life at the age of 79.
When He cometh, when he cometh to make up His jewels, all His jewels, precious jewels, His loved and His own.
He will gather, He will gather the gems for His kingdom, all the pure ones, all the bright ones, His loved and His own.
Little children, little children who love their Redeemer, are the jewels, precious jewels, His loved and His own.
Chorus: Like the stars of the morning, His bright crown adorning, they shall shine in their beauty—bright gems for His crown.
For Today: Zechariah 9:16; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:27, 29, 30, 31, 36, 42, 44; Acts 1:11; Titus 2:12, 13
Strive to live in the expectancy that Christ could return today. Carry this little children’s hymn with you. Share the truth of this song with your family as you have opportunity.
Osbeck, K. W.
- And the Lord their God shall deliver them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of the crown lifted up upon his land. Zechariah 9:16
- For the son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his Angels, and then shall he give to every man according to his deeds. Matthew 16:27
- For as the lightning cometh out of the East, and is seen into the West, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. v. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the East, and is seen into the West, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. v. 29 And immediately after the tribulations of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the power sof heaven shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the kindreds of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his Angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect, from the four winds, and from the one end of the heavens unto the other. … But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the Angels of heaven, but my father only. … Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your master will come. … Therefore be ye also ready: for in the hour that ye think not, will the Son of man come. Matthew 24:27, 29, 30, 31, 36, 42, 44
- Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing into heaven? This Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:11
- And teacheth us, that we should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and that we should live soberly and righteously, and godly in this present world, Looking for that blessed hope, and appearing of that glory of that mighty God, and of our Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:12-13