Before anything ever was, before there was time or space,
God was there—
Eternally Three: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
Eternally One: perfect, self-sufficient, needing nothing,
Happy in Himself.
Yet by His own will, by His Word,
He interrupted His eternal peace
And called into being the heavens and the earth.
The answer is found in a story—a love story
That begins in the eternal heart
The Lover and the Beloved
Spirit, Light, Life, Love,
The Eternal One.
Yet even in His perfection, the eternal Lover
Seeks to expand the circle of His love—
For it is love’s glory to be given freely to the Beloved,
And freely returned to the Lover.
So He said, “Let us make man
In Our image, and after Our likeness,”
So that he also may know My love,
And enjoy Me
A beautiful life.
But the Lover has a rival.
True love is shadowed by a counterfeit,
And this new circle of love is too soon shattered…
By a lie.
The consequences are terrible.
With sin comes guilt, shame,
These follow man through the ages
In a train of ruin, violence, and despair.
Yet the Eternal Lover remains faithful.
He chooses one man of faith
Through whom the Saviour will one day come.
He leads the man's descendents into Egypt
To preserve them.
There God makes them a great nation.
And then the world turns against them,
And there they are enslaved.
Why Do the Nations Rage?
Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket,
They are counted as no more than dust on the scales.
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
And its people are like grasshoppers.
He brings the princes to naught,
And reduces the rulers of the world to nothing.
He blows on them and they wither,
And a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.*
*Isaiah 40:15,22,23,24 (NIV)
The Father’s Beloved Son
Yes, His kingdom will prevail.
But it is not through force of might that the world must be won,
But rather through a power more awesome, more sublime—
The power of His unending love.
In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son,
His beloved Son, from His own bosom.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
And we beheld His glory,
The glory of the only begotten of the Father,
Full of grace and truth.*
See My Servant whom I have chosen,
My beloved in whom my soul delights.
He will not quarrel nor cry out.
A bruised reed he will not break,
And a smoldering wick he will not quench,
And in his name will the nations trust.*
*Isaiah 42:1-3,4; Matthew 12:18-21
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him,
But the world did not know Him.
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.*
The Suffering Servant
We have never been kind toward those who disappoint us.
We turned our backs on our eternal Lover,
And turned in hatred toward His beloved Son.
We took Him and lifted Him up on a cross of torture and death.
How is it then that He said,
“No one takes my life—I give it away”?
What did He mean when he declared,
“If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me”?
What kind of man is this?
What kind of love is this?
Love Is Stronger than Death
Love’s redeeming work is nearly done.
Only one barrier remains between man and eternal life,
Between us sinners and the love that saves us:
A tomb with a stone rolled across the entrance.
It is no match for Him.
Love is stronger than Death.
Crucified Love arose.
It was not possible for Death to hold him in its power.
He is the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in Him, though he die, yet he shall live.
For just as all who are in Adam die,
Even so all who are in Christ shall be made alive.
His Love Is for You
Our story is done, but His love goes on.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
That whoever believes in Him should not perish,
But have eternal life.*
His love is for you.
Will you now believe in Him, and receive the gift of His love,
Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.**
*John 3:16 **2 Corinthians 9:15
A Narrative Accompaniment
by Garry D. Nation
sans musical cues