When Jesus Unto The Jordan Came

When Jesus unto Jordan came,
And was baptiz’d by John:
There it was prov’d he was the same
Who should for sin attone.

He was baptiz’d, but not as they
Who are of sinful race:
He had no sin to wash away,
To make him heir of grace.

Repentance sure he needed not,
His life was pure indeed:
And he had neither stain or spot
Of which he need be freed.

Why then did he there to attend,
And why was he baptiz’d?
It was to answer that great end,
For which it was devis’d;

This was the ordinance alone
Which was for to ordain:
That great High Priest who should attone
For all the guilt of men.