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The Great Physician Now Is Near SDA Hymnal no. 254

The Great Physician Now Is Near Hymn Story


I have known The Great Physician Now Is Near since I was a child. I remember singing this song when we went to visit the sick in hospital. It is such a beautiful hymn and has comforted many a soul.

The author of this hymn was William Hunter who was born near Ballymoney, Country Antrim, Ireland in 1811. He, later on, moved to America in 1817.

He was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church. Before pastoring he was the Professor of Hebrew in Alleghany Colleg.

He is reported to have composed over a hundred hymns which appeared in Minstrel of Zion,1845; Select Melodies, 1851; and Songs of Devotion, 1859.

Some of his famous hymns include, My Heavenly Home Is Bright And Fair; A Home in Heaven; and What a Joyful Thought.

This song is based on Matthew 9:12 - "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick". Jesus came not just to heal from physical illnesses but more importantly to heal us from the curse of sin.

We need to remember that he is the sympathizing Jesus who understands what we are going through as He became a man. We can, therefore, trust Him to treat us fairly.

Let us put our trust in Him and He will never fail us.

William Hunter


The Great Physician Now Is Near Lyrics


The Great Physician Now Is Near 
1 The great Physician now is near,
the sympathizing Jesus;
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,
oh! hear the voice of Jesus.

Refrain:

Sweetest note in seraph song,
sweetest name on mortal tongue;
sweetest carol ever sung,
Jesus, blessed Jesus.

2 Your many sins are all forgiven,
oh! hear the voice of Jesus;
go on your way in peace to heaven,
and wear a crown with Jesus. [Refrain]

3 All glory to the risen Lamb!
I now believe in Jesus;
I love the blessed Savior's name,
I love the name of Jesus. [Refrain]

4 His name dispels my guilt and fear,
no other name but Jesus;
oh! how my soul delights to hear
the charming name of Jesus. [Refrain]

For more links to stories and lyrics click here.

Below is a video featuring this song.


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