Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Shame & Wonder

Because it doesn't appear that I will be able to make it fit into Sunday's sermon on Philippians 2:1-13, I'm constrained to share a great poem with you now:

Shame and wonder intertwine
Within the heart of one
Who views his Savior, Jesus Christ,
The glorious King of paradise
Descend from heaven's throne.

What mystery is hidden there
Within the heart of God
To bid our Savior condescend,
That he might be the Son of Man
And walk this guilty sod?

And more than this, to die upon
The cruel Roman tree
To satisfy the Father's plan
And rescue fallen, sinful man
In great humility?

It is that love beyond the reach
Of human minds to know -
A love not based in fear or need
(He dwells in self-sufficiency),
But from His nature flows;

Love boundless as a shoreless sea
Poured down from heights above
On those who are His enemies;
In selfless magnanimity,
He shows a Father's love.

"And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:8

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