Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Poetry from the Bible

In God's own form existed he,
and shared with God equality,
deemed nothing needed grasping.

Instead, poured out in emptiness,
a servant's form did he possess,
a mortal man becoming.

In human form he chose to be,
and lived in all humility,
death on a cross obeying.

Now lifted up by God to heaven,
a name above all others given,
this matchless name possessing.

And so, when Jesus' name is called,
the knees of everyone should fall
wherever they're residing.

Then every tongue in one accord,
will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord,
while God the Father praising.


In grace our Savior God appeared,
     His love for mankind to make clear;
'twas not for deeds that we had done,
     But by his steadfast love alone,
He saved us through a second birth,
     Renewed us by the Spirit's work,
And poured him out upon us, too,
     Through Jesus Christ our Savior true;
And so, made right by his own grace,
     Eternal life we now embrace


In flesh was he revealed to sight,
kept righteous by the Spirit's might,
adored by angels singing.

To nations was he manifest,
believing souls found peace and rest,
our Lord in heaven reigning!*

Merry Christmas to all our family and friends.  

*This came from Philippians 2:6-11; Titus 3:4-7; and 1 Timothy 3:16 of the ISV (a translation I highly recommend mainly because the translators tried to capture the literary quality and convey it in their translation).  There are some other great examples of poetry in this translation here.

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