Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice

Martin Luther (Author), Edward Riojas (Illustrator)

Review the central teaching of the faith with one of Luther's earliest and most important hymns. A poetic synopsis of the book of Romans, this hymn chronicles the great blessings which God has bestowed on us in Christ.

The bold illustrations depict Luther’s inner struggles and rediscovery of the Gospel, that “a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” Both young and old will appreciate the theology woven into the realistic artwork throughout the book.

Coming on April 1, 2020
Available as Hardcover (32 pages)

  1. Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,
    With exultation springing,
    And with united heart and voice
    And holy rapture singing,
    Proclaim the wonders God has done,
    How His right arm the vict'ry won,
    What price our ransom cost Him!
  1. Fast bound in Satan's chains I lay;
    Death brooded darkly o'er me.
    Sin was my torment night and day;
    In sin my mother bore me.
    But daily deeper still I fell;
    My life became a living hell,
    So firmly sin possessed me.
  1. My own good works all came to naught,
    No grace or merit gaining;
    Free will against God's judgment fought,
    Dead to all good remaining.
    My fears increased till sheer despair
    Left only death to be my share;
    The pangs of hell I suffered.
  1. But God had seen my wretched state
    Before the world's foundation,
    And mindful of His mercies great,
    He planned for my salvation.
    He turned to me a father's heart;
    He did not choose the easy part
    But gave His dearest treasure.
  1. God said to His beloved Son:
    "It's time to have compassion.
    Then go, bright jewel of My crown,
    And bring to all salvation.
    From sin and sorrow set them free;
    Slay bitter death for them that they
    May live with You forever."
  1. The Son obeyed His Father's will,
    Was born of virgin mother;
    And God's good pleasure to fulfill,
    He came to be my brother.
    His royal pow'r disguised He bore;
    A servant's form, like mine, He wore
    To lead the devil captive.
  1. To me He said: "Stay close to Me,
    I am your rock and castle.
    Your ransom I Myself will be;
    For you I strive and wrestle.
    For I am yours, and you are Mine,
    And where I am you may remain;
    The foe shall not divide us.
  1. "Though he will shed My precious blood,
    Me of My life bereaving,
    All this I suffer for your good;
    Be steadfast and believing.
    Life will from death the vict'ry win;
    My innocence shall bear your sin,
    And you are blest forever.
  1. "Now to My Father I depart,
    From earth to heav'n ascending,
    And, heav'nly wisdom to impart,
    The Holy Spirit sending;
    In trouble He will comfort you
    And teach you always to be true
    And into truth shall guide you.
  1. "What I on earth have done and taught
    Guide all your life and teaching;
    So shall the kingdom's work be wrought
    And honored in your preaching.
    But watch lest foes with base alloy
    The heav'nly treasure should destroy;
    This final word I leave you."