Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fairest Lord Jesus

One of my favorite hymns is Fairest Lord Jesus.  The music and words are so beautiful.  Munster Gesangbuch (what a name) was masterful in describing the magnificence and beauty of Jesus.

"Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature."  Jesus who could wither a fig tree that had no fruit. "Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves.  Then he said to it, 'May you never bear fruit again!'  Immediately the tree withered." (Matthew 21:19) Jesus who could calm the storm.  "The disciples went and woke him, saying, 'Master, master, we're going to drown!'  He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm." (Luke 8:24)

"Thou of God and man the Son."  Jesus, who was God.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning." (John 1:1-2)  Jesus born of a lowly virgin girl.  "The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'" (Luke 1:35)  "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)  "Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou, my soul's glory, joy and crown." 

"Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, robed in the blooming garb of spring:  Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, who makes the woeful heart to sing."  Jesus who turns our mourning into gladness.  "The ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." (Isaiah 51:11)  "For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."  (Revelation 7:17)

"Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, and all the twinkling starry host: Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer than all the angels heaven can boast."  Jesus who knew no sin.  Jesus the bright and morning star.  "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches.  I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star."  (Revelation 22:16)  "His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them." (Mark 9:3)  "In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it...The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world."  (John 1:4-5,9)

"Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations.  Son of God and Son of Man.  Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine."  Jesus, my savior, who took my sins upon Himself so I might be free and have eternal life.  "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. " (Luke 2:11)  "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."  (John 3:16)  Jesus, who will reign forever.  "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever."  (Revelation 11:15)  Jesus, who reigns over all nations.  "Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?  For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."  (Revelation 15:4)

Jesus, whom I will praise forever.  “The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord.”  (Isaiah 38:20)

My beautiful Jesus - the one and only.

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