Scripture Verse

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16


Words: Mat­thi­as Loy, 1863.

Music: Herr Je­su Christ Can­tio­nale Ger­ma­ni­cum (Dres­den, Ger­ma­ny: 1628) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Matthias Loy (1828–1915)


The Gos­pel shows the Fa­ther’s grace,
Who sent his Son to save our race,
Proclaims how Je­sus lived and died
That man might thus be jus­ti­fied.

It sets the Lamb be­fore our eyes,
Who made th’aton­ing sac­ri­fice,
And calls the souls with guilt op­pressed
To come and find eter­nal rest.

It brings the Sav­ior’s right­eous­ness
Our souls to robe in roy­al dress;
From all our guilt it brings re­lease
And gives the trou­bled con­science peace.

It is the pow­er of God to save
From sin and Sa­tan and the grave;
It works the faith, which firm­ly clings
To all the trea­sures which it brings.

It bears to all the tid­ings glad
And bids their hearts no more be sad;
The hea­vy la­den souls it cheers
And ban­ish­es their gui­lty fears.

May we in faith its tid­ings learn
Nor thank­less­ly its bless­ings spurn;
May we in faith its truth con­fess
And praise the Lord our right­eous­ness!