Hymn of the Week

by Jeff Mowery

Tell It To Jesus


Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.


Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

This past Resurrection Sunday, our pastor read about and preached upon Mary Magdalene’s experience at the tomb Resurrection morning.  Mary Magdalene came to the tomb that Sunday.  It was dark.  She saw the stone rolled away, and she ran away in a panic.  She had experienced loss on Friday when Jesus died.  She was in a place of uncertainty, and she could not understand the “why’s” behind what had happened in just one week – from shouts of praise to cries of “Crucify Him.”  Verse 1 of this hymn reminded me of Mary in John 21:11.  Peter and John had seen the empty tomb, and had left.  And there she was at the tomb, and the Bible says “But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre.”  What was Mary doing?  She was, as verse one reads, heavy-hearted.  She was grieving over joys departed.  She was weeping and she was downcast.  But thankfully, the story doesn’t end at verse 11.  Jesus shows up in verse 14.  She doesn’t recognize Him.  He asks her a couple of questions, and then He calls her by name.  And as another great hymn says “He speaks and the sound of His voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing.”  What is Mary’s response to Jesus calling her by name?  The only appropriate response – she worships Him and recognizes Him as Master.
This week’s hymn asks several questions.  Questions about what circumstance you may find yourself in.  Sorrowful, grief-striken, sinful, fearful, anxious, or troubled.  At one point, Mary was too in these places.  At the tomb, she was sorrowful and grief-striken.  At one point in her life, she was sinful and fearful.  She was troubled by evil spirits and infirmities.  But because of her encounter with Jesus, she was changed.  She was healed of evil spirits and infirmities.  She exchanged her sorrow and weeping for hope and joy.  I hope today’s hymn will encourage you to talk to the Lord – to tell it to Jesus.  He hears your pain.  He understands your sorrow.  He is not an high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.  He hears and He cares.
Couple of comments on the lyrics:
  • “Tears flow down your cheeks unbidden” – I will admit to you that I wasn’t sure what the word “unbidden” meant in this verse.  I went to my trusted online resource – dictionary.com, and here are a couple of definitions.  “Not asked” or “Uninvited.”  Have you shed any “tears” lately that you did not ask for?  Have tears become an “uninvited” regular guest in your life?  Sorrow and mourning are realities of this fallen world.  The Bible tells us there is a time for weeping and a time to mourn (Ecc 3:4).  The Bible instructs us to mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).  Sorrow will rarely be an “asked for” or an “invited” guest in our lives.  But praise God, He can work in and through the tears and the mourning.  He can show up like He did in Mary Magdalene’s life and call us by name.  And He will one day wipe all tears from our eyes (Rev 21:4).  We can’t wipe them all away ourselves, but God has promised us that He will one day do it for us once and for all.
  • For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?” – Are you tired of the problems of this world?  Does watching the news or reading the paper depress you?  Are you sighing and praying “Lord Jesus, come quickly!!”  As we see the problems and sin of this world, they should encourage us all the more to look for His coming kingdom.  These earthly realities should be a constant reminder that this world is not our home.  We are pilgrims…just a passing through.  Our treasure and our hope are laid up “beyond the blue.”  We have a hope for a better place, and a better tomorrow.

In Matthew 28, the angel’s instruction was to go and tell.  “Go quickly and tell his disciples that He is risen from the dead.”  In Matthew 28, Jesus also says go and tell.  “Go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.”


Can I encourage you today to do the same?  To go and tell Jesus.  If you need encouragement today, go and tell Jesus.  If you need healing today, go and tell Jesus.  If you need sins forgiven, go and tell Jesus.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  You’ve no other such a friend or brother.  Tell it to Jesus alone!

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