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Lord’s Day 51, 2013

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”


Although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

—Philippians 2:6–8

Hymns of Thanksgiving
Hymn XI.
On the Birth of Christ.
imageAugustus Toplady (1740–1778)

Amplest grace in thee I find,
Friend and Saviour of mankind,
Richest merit to atone
For our sins before the throne.

Born to save thy church from hell,
Once thou didst with sinners dwell;
Was to earth a prophet giv’n,
Now our Advocate in heaven.

Well might wond’ring angels cry,
“Glory be to God on high,
Peace on earth, good will to men,
Lost mankind is found again.”

Join, my soul, their holy song,
Emulate the brighter throng,
Hail the everlasting word,
Welcome thy descending Lord?

Grace unequall’d! Love unknown!
Jesus lays aside his crown,
Clothes himself with flesh and blood,
Takes the manhood into God.

Harden’d rebels tho’ we are,
Lo, he comes to sojourn here:
See him lie where oxen feed,
This his chamber, hay his bed!

God (O hear it with surprise!)
For a manger leaves the skies.
By assuming flesh beneath,
Render’d capable of death.

From their Maker turn’d aside,
As in Adam all have died,
So whoe’er his grace receive,
Shall in Christ be made alive.

The Complete Works of Augustus Toplady (Sprinkle Publications, 1987).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Posted 2013·12·22 by David Kjos
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