Friday 17 August 2012
JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME
Men climb and fall. Each in his day
Rises on mounting waves of fame
Till the waves break in froth and spray
But Jesus Christ remains the Same.
From riches which words cannot say,
Because of His great love He came
Into the deepest poverty,
Yet Jesus Christ remained the Same.
From past eternity's sublime
Relations to an infant's frame
Within the range of death and time
He moved, but always was the Same.
Jesus could utter words of grace
Or in His Father's house declaim
Against polluters of that place
And still in all things be the Same.
Seen on the mountain clothed in white
Or in the scarlet robe of shame
He caused His Father's heart delight
Since every scene proved Him the Same.
Though He heard Peter own Him Son
Or in the High Priest's house disclaim
All knowledge of Him He was one
In mercy and in love, the Same.
In love He reached the depths for men
And in His body bore the blame
For those who trust in Him but then
In death or life He was the Same.
But His arising power displayed
The justness of His splendid claim
That altogether what He said
He was, He was indeed, the Same.
Peter and John, in faith, could call
Upon Him to restore the lame
Showing that though ascended all
His power and grace remained the Same.
Throughout the dispensation’s length,
Attacked by persecution's flame,
His own received the needed strength
In knowing Jesus Christ the Same.
They did not fear as dreadful power
Of those who merely kill or maim
But found the grace in every hour
That comes alone from Christ, the Same.
The Lord knows those who own His sway
And every one who names His Name
Departing from iniquity
Proves succour since He is the Same.
Soon we will greet the glorious day
To which our longing spirits aim
When He will come to catch away
His own to find Him still the Same.
Then in the time of setting right
His power will make the nations tame
Till all will find in Him their light
And own that Christ remains the Same.
Throughout eternity His own
For whom he suffered will proclaim
No man but Jesus Christ alone
Is, was, and is to come, the Same.
This was written shortly after the Lord took my father in late 1980; his last words were, "Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, and today, and to the ages to come".