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A Christmas Poem

The world was hopelessly lost in a thick darkness, a misty gloom;
No light, no love, no life, only fear, and anxiety; a most dreaded doom.

But God had a plan from before the foundations of time and space;
He would send His Son, a bright and shining Light to redeem the human race.

Eternal Light, Life, and Love would shine to give man hope indeed;
But God’s Son had to first enter into the womb of a virgin, as a small seed.

Mary, a young Jewish girl, favored and chosen by God to carry the infant; 
Conceived by the Holy Spirit, would bring to birth eternal Life, God incarnate. 

Joseph, her husband to be, was hurt, confused, considering a flight;
But an angel came with news of the unthinkable and made it all right. 

Mary had to carry the shame of what other people would think and say;
Joseph had to defend her, and raise the child of God in the right way.

They were poor, taxed, and had to travel to Bethlehem because of Rome;
But the Baby would not wait; He was born in a barn; this was His new home.

Immanuel, God with us, a Child is born, a Son is given, Christ the Lord;
The Messiah, the Word, was made flesh and hooked to an umbilical cord.

In a barn, she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger; 
Surrounded by cows, sheep, and goats, humility was to Him no stranger. 

The Creator of the universe, born to poor parents; humble, low and meek;
God identifies with the vulnerable; instead of the strong, He chose the weak.

I often wonder, when Mary held the Baby in her arms, was she even aware
That she was looking into the face of her Creator, the One whom she bare?

She called His name Jesus; He would save His people from their sins; 
Yes, a Savior has come to deliver us from the wickedness and evil within. 

We are all stained with the guilt and condemnation of sins and iniquity;
Things are never right within because we all break God’s law continually. 

But God left heaven and came to this earth, to fetch us, to take us home,
So man could leave earth and go to heaven, saved from sins and atoned. 

Christmas is about “the coming,” when God came to earth the first time;
He came to rescue us, to save us, and to once again make our life to rhyme. 

God became a Man so that He could live the perfect life for us on our behalf;
He died on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins, to pacify the LORD’s wrath.

The angel said “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy
For unto you is born this day a Savior, Christ the Lord.” Mary’s baby Boy.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men,”
Said a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, Hallelujah, Amen.

Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, this special Child was called
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace; the Pharisees were appalled. 

“Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” the wise men would ask;
“We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him at last.” 

Worship Him, the King, the one and only Savior of mankind, 
God incarnate; He was both 100% human and 100% God, divine. 

He did not have to come, but He did; the Gospel is good tidings of great news;
He did not have to stay on that cross, but He did, the greatest of loving trues.

Christmas is all about God’s grace and mercy, His goodness, and love;
Oh, the heights and depths of His love realized as He left heaven above.

He left eternity and came into time, in order to give mankind a second birth;
Born to a virgin, that no more may men die, born in flesh to raise the sons of earth. 

He came to save us, to fix everything that is wrong with us, and to make it right;
He came to justify us, to redeem us, to bring us out of darkness and into the Light. 

He who knew no sin became sin so that we could be made righteous, literally. 
He became what we were so that we could become what He is, eternally. 

Why? Because He loves us; He extends His mercy and grace to everyone; 
Good tidings of great joy—the Gospel, God sent His only begotten Son.

Bill Hudson Jr.
12/24/17

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