Friday, December 27, 2019

Once Upon Truth, Not Make-Believe


Jesus! so much more than a baby in a manger on that first Christmas Day!  

 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29


Once upon truth, not make-believe
Sin cursed man through Adam and Eve
And birthed the madness of a race
That would be doomed but for God’s grace

Where long many prophets foretold
What many never saw unfold
That God would send a Lamb to be
The scapegoat for sin’s penalty

So long and strong the nations kept
The law with sacrifice inept
Because the blood of bulls, you see
Could not redeem eternally

Faithful God always keeps His Word
His thoughts and ways are undeterred
Thus, Father set beneath Love’s rod
His Son to be the Lamb of God

...and on that first fair Christmas morn
The Saviour of the world was born
Jesus, God of living and dead
Laid in a manger for His bed

(Where being God, He could have used
This as just cause to be excused
From the cost of salvation's plan)
But, He put on likeness of man

Not any man, but servant heart
So none would envy any part
His company the sick, cast down
Throngs followed him from town to town

Until that awful, glorious day
When death would have life’s perfect say
As ‘it is finished’ set man free
And stripped the grave of victory

And gave to all, once and for all
A way to be saved from the Fall
To grant to human race the joy
And hope that nothing can destroy

Through love and truth, not make-believe
That all of mankind may receive
For we are all part of a race
That would be doomed but for God’s grace

© Janet Martin


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