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

Matthias Loy, 1863.

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

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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!