Wednesday, December 25, 2013

On the Morning of Christ's Birth

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. - Luke 2:7

He spoke, and Word gave birth to light,
To land and water, plants and sky,
To mortal man before the blight:
The blight from Satan’s tempting lie,
Which brought man down from infant height
To sin, which threw the man awry;
Still glorify the Lamb on high!

Now man in sin gives in to wrong
And suffers, yea, he suffers still.
So God saved Noah from the throng
Of sinners; landed on the hill
When waters lowered, waiting long,
And Noah wine to God did spill,
And glorified the Lamb on high.

Then God a nation made to grow
From Abraham, a man from Ur,
A people of His own, to know
Him as their God and serve Him sure.
And blessings on them He’d bestow
When they themselves would keep as pure
And glorify the Lamb on high.

And God raised up a servant king:
A man named David, fearing God,
Who lifted up his voice to sing
And never built a false facade
But in despair to God would cling;
Prefigurement of Jesse’s rod
To glorify the Lamb on high.

Then prophets spoke and oft foretold
Of Christ, Messiah, saving one
From everlasting, from of old,
Who’d come to rescue Adam’s son;
And John, the last, told them: Behold!
The Lamb of God! Salvation won!
Now glorify the Lamb on high!

This Christ, the Lamb, a baby born
In humble manger, in the straw,
Whom Mary, Joseph now adorn
In cloths, as shepherds watch in awe:
The Word made flesh has come to warn
And save the lost from death by law;
O, glorify the Lamb on high!

Messiah, Christ, the Prince of Peace
Is led to cross with crown of thorns;
Led captive now with no release
As soldiers mock and robber scorns.
Messiah dies, his breaths now cease;
The Savior dies, and Mary mourns;
Yet glorify the Lamb on high!

Then up from grave the Lord arose,
Appearing to His closest friends.
The wounds in hands and side he shows,
Then up to heaven He ascends.
Now soon the Holy Spirit grows;
Their failings, weakness it transcends
To glorify the Lamb on high.

In glory Christ will come again
To judge the living and the dead:
The Lord, the seed of God and men,
The second Adam died and bled;
Repeat the loud AMEN, as then
The Church and Christ are ever wed,
And glorify the Lamb on high!

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