1 Behold the man! how heavy lay
On Him the sinner's burden!
What grievous price Had He to pay,
That we might hope for pardon!
Such sorrows, since the world began,
Before were never seen by man,
Nor ever after witnessed.
2 Behold the man! it was for thee
Such shame and grief He suffered;
Now hear Him say: Behold, in Me,
The victim for thee offered!
The guilt was thine, I bore its load
For thee, atoning with My blood:
I died, from death to save thee!
3 Blest Jesus, God's beloved Son,
Who all my sins removest,
Exalted to Thy Father's throne,
Show that my soul Thou lovest.
And let Thy griefs and death, O Lord,
New life and peace to me afford,--
Thus glorify Thy mercy.
4 And when the world, when flesh and blood,
To paths of sin allure me;
'Gainst wand'ring from the heav'nly road,
Do Thou, O Lord, secure me;
In mercy cry to me: Behold,
The man who suffered ills untold
For thee!--Wilt thou forsake Me?
Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #384