Authors: Johann Olearius (1611-1684) and Adam Thebesius (1596-1652) (vs. 5 & 6) Composer: Henri Abraham César Malan (1787-1864)
1. The Lord Himself did bear The load of our transgression, Which caused Him endless pain And grief beyond expression. What would have brought on us A torture without end The death of Jesus Christ In mercy did forfend.
2. We all considered Him As one of God forsaken; Nor realized that He For us these strips had taken. Yet all this bitter cup Was caused by sinful deeds Which we ourselves had done, As we must now concede.
3. On Him was laid the debt; To us the freedom given. He satisfies the soul With healing pow’r from Heaven. We all had gone astray, Without a shepherd’s care; He brought us to His fold When he our sins did bear.
4. And as a patient lamb Is led unto its slaughter From pastures fresh and green And from the fountain’s water; So suffered Christ for us The death on yonder cross, Redeemed us with his blood From sin, distress and loss.
5. Thy conflict is our peace. Thy death is our salvation, Thy bonds, our liberty, Thy pains, our consolation. Thy cross doth comfort give, Thy wounds, a balm that ‘s heals. Thy blood a ransom is, Thy Word a hope reveals.
6. Lord, help and make us brave To bear our cross and burden, That we may not grow faint Nor yet give up the battle. Yea, from Thy crown of thorns Let us our courage take, That through reproach and shame We ne’er Thy ways forsake.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!