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A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
When John the Baptist saw Jesus, he pointed to him and said, "Look, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). Of course, the picture of the lamb was nothing new for those awaiting the Messiah--whether it was the Passover lamb (Exodus 12), or Isaiah's prophecy of a silent lamb led to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7). Paul Gerhardt, a prolific Lutheran hymn writer who lived in the early 1600s, draws on these pictures in his hymn "A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth." With beautiful simplicity he highlights the comforting truth that this lamb, sent by God, accomplished our salvation!
"Go forth, my Son," the Father said,
"And free my children from their dread
of guilt and condemnation.
The wrath and stripes are hard to bear,
but by your passion they will share
the fruit of your salvation."
Text: Paul Gerhardt, public domain; Tune: Sarah R. Lambrecht; Arrangement: Zach Unke
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