Lamb of God, Pure and Holy – Lutheran Service Book #434
John 1:29, 35-36; Isaiah 53:6-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; John 14:27
Lamb of God, pure and holy,
Who on the cross didst suffer
Ever patient and lowly,
Thyself to scorn didst offer,
All sins Thou bor-est for us,
Else had despair reigned o’er us
Have mercy on us, O Jesus, O Jesus
It was necessary that Jesus should suffer. His suffering was connected with His high priesthood. (Hebrews 2:17-18) Christ suffered as a part of His obedience to the will of the Father. Christ suffered to gain eternal life for all people.
Christ’s suffering was not simply a dramatic show without a purpose. Rather, it was as real as any pain or anguish that you might ever feel. And, most important, He suffered in order to win eternal salvation for you. May God grant us a humble heart full of gratitude to the Savior who suffered for us.