A Slaver Captain tells of His Conversion.
How would you describe your life? One man describing his early life wrote:
This was a good description of his life, recording in the next two lines:
Who was this man who could write such things? His name was John Newton. He joined the Navy as a Midshipman but deserted; was flogged for his crime and removed from the rank of Midshipman. Eventually he arrived in Africa and drifted about completely destitute. He received work from a slave trader on Plantain Island just off the coast of Sierra Leone. When the trader was away his mistress took over the management. Newton was ill and came under the hatred of the woman. He received little food and went into the forest and ate whatever roots he could find. Slaves secretly gave him scraps from their almost starvation diet.
One day a ship came to the island, owned by a friend of Newton's father, who hearing his friend was sailing for Africa had asked him to try and hear any news of his son John. This friend took John Newton on board and eventually sailed for home. On the journey a great storm arose and all thought they would drown. This caused John to consider his standing before God and a new object struck his sight?
What new object struck his sight?
His mind and heart opened:
His heart trembled:
His heart melted:
Joy entered his heart and soul:
In a famous hymn Newton wrote, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” and again, “Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease, I shall possess within the veil a life of joy and peace.”
Newton trusted Christ as his Saviour and would do so until the end of his life. Towards his death he wrote, “Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Saviour.”
Hear Christ's words:
“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”(John 6:37)
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” (John 11:25)