The Light of the World is Jesus

Alec Knight grew up in the East End of London, spending his time in bird fighting, boxing, betting, drink and public-house songs, a leader in any group he joined. Confronted by open-air meetings, he organized a Skeleton Army and attacked. He was gravely disturbed when, after hitting a Salvationist, he was told, “God bless you, my brother!” Converted, he became a mighty antagonist for God. He wrote the following Fight Song, it is not included in the Song Book today:

The Light of the World is Jesus
by Alec F. Knight

I once was very worldly, the same as many more;
But since I’ve been to Jesus He’s saved me I am sure;
And if you’re only willing to give up all your sin,
My Savior now is waiting, I’m sure, to take you in.

The light of the world is Jesus;
The light of the world is Jesus;
And if you come to Him, He’ll cleanse your soul from sin;
The light of the world is Jesus.

You want to be made happy, and you wish to be free;
You wish to go to Heaven, I’m sure, the same as we;
And Hell, you would not share it, you would its terrors feel;
Then if you’ll come to Jesus, His true light you shall see.

The light of the world is Jesus;
The light of the world is Jesus;
And if you come to Him, He’ll cleanse your soul from sin;
The light of the world is Jesus.

I have my little troubles, I have my trials too;
But I am very thankful I’ve One to take them to;
He never does deceive me, but tells me what to do;
And if you’ll only trust Him, He’ll do the same for you.

The light of the world is Jesus;
The light of the world is Jesus;
And if you come to Him, He’ll cleanse your soul from sin;
The light of the world is Jesus.

Story and song taken from Combat Songs of The Salvation Army compiled by Howard and Sallie Chesham, 1965.

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