Advent Step 3) Symbols

‘a Saviour has been born to you …’ (Luke 2:11)
‘Look the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29)

Who could be sufficient
human, perfect,
to bear the wages earned by all
who for mercy, pardon call – ?
animal death depicts the problem,
could not purchase human pardon,
underlined the heart condition
of guilt, defilement,
need of cleansing, substitution:

fulfilment by the One who’d come
God’s Messiah, Christ, eternal Son.

‘The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming.’ (Hebrews 10:1)

Advent Step 2) ‘But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah,…

Two and a half millenia ago
Christ’s coming was foretold,
that out of Bethlehem would come
a Ruler strong who’s from of old
from everlasting come to care,
to Shepherd those from all our sphere
who’ll be his flock, and follow, share
his peace, his majesty revere.
And so those wise who came from far
to find the newborn king, whose star
they’d seen, the prophet’s words were told,
– went on to Bethlehem with their gold.

But you, Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though you are small … out of you will come for me, one who will be ruler … whose origins are from of old , from ancient times. …shepherd his flock … he will be their peace’ Micah 5:2-5

Advent Step 1) Genesis 3:15

He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel’ Genesis 3:15

That Tempter with his scheme of hate
by human Son at coming date
would have his despot power crushed,
the cruel grip of his deceit,
and slavery – complete defeat.
Though their descendant would be hurt,
he would be Victor: trust, await.
Rebellion’s consequences brought
them trouble, sparked contrition;
decisive battle would be fought
bring glorious resolution;
immediately new life, relief,
but full escape from damage, grief
would come, eternal transformation,
when tidings glad have been proclaimed:
by some received, by some disdained.

How far would you go to help a friend?

How far would you go to help a friend?
How far did God go? – was it easy to send
as a babe to this world, his magnificent Son
for that which would prove a hard labour begun?

– and who were his friends? – as yet not one,
until he had bought them,
and brought them to see
that it wasn’t too far to go to be
sorry, and willing to ask for what
he’d laboured and suffered for them,
so that
they now could be friends and live for ever, –
and nothing that tie and peace could sever.

From right outside this universe …

From right outside this universe,
and this material sphere,
came One, confusion to reverse,
with truth for us to hear,
truth that is true, unchangeable,
from One who knows, reliable.

Life-bringing message to accept
– escape from living death,
his promises he’s always kept
his words are priceless wealth:
for this world isn’t all there is
but Jesus came awhile to this!
to show us what is now amiss,
and how to find the missing bliss.

New year resolutions

Millenia spanned by sight divine –
achieving gracious plan:
his birth, his cross, his Spirit’s power –
new life, “new leaf”, for man.

I see my need for resolutions:
to want to do his will;
but I must pray, reach out for help
to progress and fulfill!

Christmas presents

His gift is best:
it cost the most,
gives rest, will last
for ever.

Full peace and pardon,
and lifted burden,
fresh start, new heart.
From where?

This gift was priced
the death of Christ:
He paid, he lives,

So don’t resist
this therapist –
let him begin
to change you!

God now Man: real joy

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. John 1:10,11

God now Man: the angels sing
the glory of the newborn King;

but then, and now, the world refuses;
– with idle thoughts distracts, confuses.

[How inconvenient to submit,
and so receive the perfect gift.]

But he, who is, and had designed
our world, and all its life,
saw crime, and greed, and hate, and strife,
but came to save —
the Babe, the Man, God’s Word,
to take the guilt repentant sinners
had incurred.

Why did he become human?

Glorious Son in heavenly kingdom,
willing to become a human –
how? (a miracle of love) – and why?

A perfect person had to die
to pay the debt and penalty,
provide a pardon, amnesty
for foolish mutineers.

So, come for the pardon, amnesty
for contrite mutineers.

What love! of God to send his Son to die
– for who?
What love! of Christ – oh, Jesus draw men’s hearts
to you!

Divine Revelation!

Spoken truth – delivered ‘Word’:
– its meaning clear, not vague, or blurred.
No longer any need to guess. –
We have life’s manual, no less!

And then he came himself, as man, –
God’s Word as human flesh we scan:
his teaching, actions pure,
his sacrifice secure,
his resurrection sure.