When Jesus Came to Jordan

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1 When Jesus came to Jordan
to be baptized by John,
he did not come for pardon.
but as God's Holy One.

2 He came to share repentance
with all who mourn their sins,
to speak the vital sentence
with which good news begins.

3 He came to share temptation,
our utmost woe and loss,
for us and our salvation
to die upon the cross.

4 So when the Dove descended
on him, the Holy One,
the hidden years had ended,
the age of grace begun.

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Author: Fred Pratt Green

The Reverend Fred Pratt Green (2 September 1903 – 22 October 2000) CBE was a British Methodist minister and hymnwriter. Born in Roby, Lancashire, England, he began his ministry in the Filey circuit. He was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1928 and served circuits in the north and south of England until 1969. During his career as a minister he wrote numerous plays and hymns. It was not until he retired, however, that he began writing prolifically. His hymns reflect his rejection of fundamentalism and show his concern with social issues. They include many that were written to supply obvious liturgical needs of the modern church, speaking to topics or appropriate for events for which there were few traditional hymns available. His… Go to person page >

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