Thursday, June 17, 2021

Faber: Jesus is God! The solid earth

Thursday, June 17, 2021
    Commemoration of Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 & 1936
    When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.”
    —John 13:31-32 (NIV)
Jesus is God! The solid earth,
    The ocean broad and bright,
The countless stars, like golden dust,
    That strew the skies at night,
The wheeling storm, the dreadful fire,
    The pleasant wholesome air,
The summer’s sun, the winter’s frost,
    His own creations were.

Jesus is God! The glorious bands
    Of golden angels sing
Songs of adoring praise to Him,
    Their Maker and their King.
He was true God in Bethlehem’s crib,
    On Calvary’s cross true God,
He who in heaven eternal reigned,
    In time on earth abode.

Jesus is God! There never was
    A time when He was not:
Boundless, eternal, merciful,
    The Word the Sire begot!
Backward our thoughts through ages stretch,
   ;  Onward through endless bliss,—
For there are two eternities,
    And both alike are His!

Jesus is God! Alas! they say
    On earth the numbers grow,
Who His Divinity blaspheme
    To their unfailing woe.
And yet what is the single end
    Of this life’s mortal span,
Except to glorify the God
    Who for our sakes was man?
    ... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), Hymns, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1877, p. 38 (see the book)
    See also John 13:31-32; Ps. 33:6;90:2; Isa. 9:6; John 12:23; Rom. 1:21-23; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:2-3; Rev. 4:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we praise you as God and King in the glory granted by the Father.

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