Monday, June 13, 2011

Hymn Lyrics for Mark 1:12-15

I wrote this hymn this morning, and it's the first one I've written in a while that I'm really pleased with. It said just want I wanted to say:
  • v. 1 is a description of Jesus' royal arrival in Mark:1:14-15: Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." The King has arrived fresh off of his victory over the devil in the desert: "The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan."
  • v. 2 speaks of the royal authority that Jesus has now as the resurrected King. The last two lines allude to Psalm 2:6 where the Father sets Jesus as King over all things. Although the world condemned Jesus, God raised him and gave him authority over the very world that had rejected him!
  • v. 3 says, if the Father has raised the Son and made him Lord over all the nations, then there is but one right response: acknowledge his absolute authority. In ancient times, the news of a king's coronation meant you better get on the king's side for his enemies will be in trouble. The gospel is the announcement that Jesus is king, therefore we need to humbly come to him, acknowedging his absolute authority.
  • v. 4 assures us that this royal King who is over all will graciously accept us if we come to him with contrite and broken hearts.
  • v. 5 is probably the most important verse in the hymn. It explains that Jesus reigns now in the midst of his enemies. Though he is King with all authority and power over all the nations and every individual, people continue to resist his divine authority and power. Apart from faith, we cannot see the true situation that Jesus is King, and despite all the resistance to his reign, the fact is Jesus still rules. He lets the nations resist him, but even in their rebellion his will is done, and there will be a day of judgment and accountability. Also, the gospel message is urgent for each of us. Death looms for each of us. Decisions must be made. The gospel comes as a royal command, not a weak invitation. Repent and believe is the command of the King, coming to us with authority. How defiant we are if we reject this all-powerful King and his message! How foolish we are if we reject his message, for heaven and hell hang in the balance!
Click on the tune name to sing the hymn.

Jesus Christ the King of Glory

To the tune: O DU LIEBE. Based on Mark 1:12-15. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
Jesus Christ the King of glory
has arrived within our midst:
In the desert, war and fighting,
would the devil Christ resist?
Tempting Him to leave His Father---
disobey His Father’s will.
Jesus trusted, loved the Father,
Scripture’s Word He would fulfill.

v. 2
Jesus Christ is resurrected
on the third day He did rise.
Vict’ry over ev’ry power,
lifted up as King on high.
Now He reigns as King in glory,
no one can resist His will.
God has set His King in Zion,
on His holy, heav’nly hill.

v. 3
Now our King sends forth the message,
news of royal victory.
Flee this wicked generation,
own His ris’n authority.
He is Lord of ev’ry nation,
high above all earthly realms.
He is King in glor-ious power,
sin and death has overwhelmed.

v. 4
Praise the risen King of glory,
who ascended to the throne.
Trust, believe the royal message,
bow before the King alone.
Though He reigns in pow’r and glory,
He is kind to penitents,
who for sin are truly sorry,
who for guilt make no defense.

v. 5
Faith alone perceives the glory
of our Christ upon His throne.
Worldly people still resist Him,
Jesus as their King won’t own.
But the gospel message urgent,
comes a royal sent decree:
God the Father raised the Savior,
gave Him all authority.

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