Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hymn Lyrics for John 8:12-30

In John 8:12, Jesus says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Light is an image with many different connotations, but in this hymn I play off the image of light to speak of light as:

  1. the outward manifestation of God's glory;
  2. the expression of God's holiness, which exposes our sin;
  3. that which gives life.
This hymn points to our need of grace to worship. The Spirit must lift us to heaven to Christ our mediator, so that we worship the Father through the Son, who dwells in heavenly majesty and glory, in heaven, not on earth.


Jesus, Radiance of the Father

To the tune: TRUST IN JESUS ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. Based on John 8:12-30, esp. 8:12. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
Jesus, rad-iance of the Father,
robed in glory, robed in light.
All Your works reveal Your glory,
to a world in darkest night.

Refrain
Send Your Word and Spirit, Jesus,
lift us to Your holy place.
Heav’nly worship too high for us,
lift us by Your grace through faith.

v. 2
When we see the Father’s glory
and our Lord in glory bright.
Holy light our sin exposes,
sinful eyes can’t bear the sight.

v. 3
So we plead to God for mercy,
crying out in need of grace.
For our works won’t save or lift us,
only Christ can sin erase.

v. 4
Jesus, light of life we need you,
help us follow You in grace.
By Your gospel, Spirit raise us
to Your holy, heav’nly place.

v. 5
Rev’rent worship we would offer
to the Father through the Son.
In the gospel, grace and glory
fuel to praise the Holy One.

Refrain
Send Your Word and Spirit, Jesus,
lift us to Your holy place.
Heav’nly worship too high for us,
lift us by Your grace through faith.


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