Friday, February 25, 2011

A Hymn Based on John 3:1-16

In writing these lyrics, I tried to incorporate some of the themes from John's Gospel, and from John 3:1-16 in particular. A few of these themes are: Jesus as the supreme witness, Jesus' heavenly origin, our heavenly origin if we belong to Christ by faith, Jesus' oneness with the Father, the contrast between the spirit/above and the flesh/below, the sovereignty of God's gracious work in our lives, the Spirit's role in the new birth, the Spirit as witness to Christ, the Word as witness to Christ, the reconciling work accomplished on the cross, sin and its consequences, the love of the Father and the Son, God's love for the world, and union with Christ by faith. --Bill



John 3:1-16:

1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." 3Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?" 5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

9Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" 10Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  16"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.



Jesus Came to Earth a Witness

To the tune: CORONAE (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/464 or http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/CCEH/793).

v. 1
Jesus came to earth a witness
to His Father up above.
Lived with Him before creation,
perfect oneness, perfect love.
Jesus speaks the words that are the words of God.

v. 2
Nicodemus came to Jesus,
was not born from up above.
Even though he was a teacher,
did not know the Father, Son.
Sov’reign Spirit, bring the birth from up above.

v. 3
Word and Spirit point to Jesus
lifted high upon the cross.
We’re infected with sin’s poison,
far from Jesus, sick and lost.
But our Savior bore our sin upon the cross.

v. 4
Sin brings guilt and sin brings blindness,
living far from God above.
But the Father on a mission,
sent His Son in gracious love.
Come unto Him, joined to Christ who lives above.


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