To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord

– Martin Luther

LSB 406

"To Jordan came the Christ, our Lord,

To do His Father’s pleasure;

Baptized by John, the Father’s Word

Was given us to treasure.

This hev’nly washing now shall be

A cleansing from transgression

And by His blood and agony

Release from death’s oppression.

A new life now awaits us."

O hear and mark the message well,

For God Himself has spoken.

Let faith, not doubt, among us dwell

And so receive this token.

Our Lord here with His Word endows

Pure water, freely flowing,

God’s Holy Spirit here avows

Our kinship while bestowing

The Baptism of His blessing.

These truths on Jordan’s banks were shown

By mighty word and wonder.

The Father’s voice from heav’n came down,

Which we do well to ponder:

 "This man is My beloved Son,

In whom My heart has pleasure.

Him you must hear, and Him alone,

And trust in fullest measure

The word that He has spoken."

There stood the Son of God in love,

His grace to us extending;

The Holy Spirit like a dove

Upon the scene descending;

The triune God assuring us,

With promises compelling,

That in our Baptism He will thus

Among us find a dwelling

To comfort and sustain us.

To His disciples spoke the Lord,

"Go out to ev’ry nation,

And bring to them the living Word

And this My invitation:

Let ev’ryone abandon sin

And come in true contrition

To be baptized and thereby win

Full pardon and remission

And hev’nly bliss inherit."

But woe to those who cast aside

This grace so freely given;

They shall in sin and shame abide

And to despair be driven.

For born in sin, their works must fail,

Their striving saves them never;

Their pious acts do not avail,

And they are lost forever,

Eternal death their portion.

All that the mortal eye beholds

Is water as we pour it.

Before the eye of faith unfolds

The pow’r of Jesus’ merit,

For here it sees the crimson flood

To all our ills bring healing;

The wonders of His precious blood

The love of God revealing,

Assuring His own pardon."