“A Merry Christword to You”
a christmas hymn by J.J.C.
This year as we do undertake
To reconcile a rift;
Some do and some don’t celebrate
Christmas or giving gifts.
To you, I say, as I’m a dad,
Bring joy to all your kin;
And as a pastor, I say, Act
In freedom; yet, don’t sin.
For though Christ’s birth was not upon
The day when some suggest;
God’s incarnation by the Son,
Brings daily joy that’s blest.
Christ’s birth, His life and ministry,
His sinless Sacrifice—
God is exalted, glorified:
Let’s daily recognize.
For all have sinn’d and come short of
God’s glory under heav’n;
Yet, in His mercy, grace, and love:
“A child born and Son giv’n.”
This child born of a virgin lass
Who ask’d, “How can it be?”
“The Holy Ghost,” he said, “will pass
And overshadow thee.”
Two natures does Christ Jesus have:
One human, one Divine.
For in this way God came to save
Lost sinners, dead and blind.
Christ gave His soul a Sacrifice,
Receiving wrath Divine;
Yet, not for Himself did He die,
‘Twas those of yours and mine.
Although Christ came, He was despis’d,
Cast off by sinful men.
His works heaven’ly and words all wise,
Yet, we esteem’d Him strick’n.
Surely our griefs Christ hath borne
And carried our sorrows:
Look now on God’s pierc’d Son and mourn!
Repent from your sins’ horrors!
The only perfect righteous One
That liv’d was Christ, the Lord.
Surrender, trust Him, call upon
His mercy by His Word.
His shed blood hath sufficient grace
To cleanse you from your sin.
The Shepherd Christ opens His gate,
That His sheep enter in.
O Fount of Life, my God, my Lord,
Gush forth Your Life through me;
May my days declare Your Word
With great humility.
O Grace divine and endless Love,
In Jesus Christ the King;
He rules and reigns, enthroned above;
His Word doth mercy bring.
The Gospel, precious Gospel truth,
Doth supersede the rift
Of whether Christmas is uncouth,
Or if a blessed gift.
My fam’ly hasn’t sent out cards,
Think not, “A Scrooge is he,”
Nor as one that won’t celebrate—
Our funds are sparse, you see.
So Merry Christmas one and all,
I say that with a heart
That loves Christ though I often fall,
Needing all His grace, not part.