To avert from men God's wrath

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1 To avert from men God’s wrath,
Jesus suffered in our stead;
by an ignominious death
he a full atonement made;
and by his most precious blood
brought us, sinners, nigh to God.

2 Christ bids each afflicted soul
"Come that I may soothe your grief.
No one who is strong and whole
needs a doctor for relief;
therefore have no fear, draw nigh,
that your want I may supply."

3 But examine first your case,
whether you be in the faith;
do you long for pard’ning grace?
Is your only hope his death?
Then, how e’er your soul’s oppressed,
Come, you are a worthy guest.

4 They who Jesus’ mercy knows
are from wrath and envy freed;
love unto our neighbor shows
that we are his flock indeed;
thus we may in all our ways
show forth our Redeemer’s praise.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #416

Author: Jan Hus

[John Huss] Jan Hus was born in Bohemia (part of the region, along with Moravia, we now call the Czech Republic), ca. 1370. He studied philosophy and theology at Prague University. Though only regarded as an average student, he received an undergraduate degree in 1396 and a Masters in 1398. In 1402 he was ordained as a priest in the Catholic Church and became rector and priest at Bethlehem Chapel. Hus lived in a time of great political and religious upheaval and to fully understand the man and his circumstances, some background is necessary. Domestic political turmoil was emerging in Bohemia and in the early 1400s the Catholic Church was enmeshed in the Great Schism in which three rival popes vied for control of the church. The schism l… Go to person page >



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