The Lord dies instead of the servant;
In place of the debtors, the Faithful One;
The Physician dies for the good of the patient;
The Shepherd rescues His sheep;
The King dies for the sins of His subjects;
The Peace-maker for the warriors;
The Creator dies for His creation;
God Himself wins man’s salvation!
What now should the servant, debtor,
The sick one, the sheep, the nation, the multitude do?
What should the creatures, mankind do?
In love extol his Redeemer!
– Johann Gerhard

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