Who always tended to rebel
One came to show the heart of God,
Whose title is Emmanuel.
“God with us”, to express God’s love,
To show His constant will to bless,
To bring a humbled nation back
And to fulfil all righteousness.
The poor in spirit were His care,
Hungerers, those who mourned, the meek,
And all whom human pride despised;
Such were the ones He came to seek.
He listened to His Father’s voice
Each morning from the time He woke,
And His disciples came to know
The Father of whose grace He spoke.
The children God had given Him,
Under His word and touch, began
To grow in grace and thus display
The features of the heavenly Man.
He praised His Father that though He
Was One the nation might despise
The Father had revealed to babes
What had been hidden from the wise.
If Israel despised His rights
And thus blasphemed the Father too
The Gentiles were embraced to share
In concepts which were wholly new.
For He was minded to secure,
To His great cost, the entity,
Unnamed as yet to men, which would
Delight Him to eternity.
But Who was this who in His grace
Among the needy humbly trod?
The Father sovereignly revealed
It was the Christ, the Son of God.
Into a world of sins and ills
One who was God in Person came,
And His assembly can be built
On the confession of His Name.
Yet if that joy for Christ and God
Will merge as a celestial whole,
It meant His suffering and death,
It meant the anguish of His soul.
Those who are faithful to His Name
Through this can be victorious
As conscious of the present love
Of Him who came as “God with us”.