Christ's Humility and Glory
This poem is based on the words in Paul's Epistle to the Philippians, Chapter 2 verses 5 to 11. An early Christian hymn, it is not known whether it was written by Paul himself or whether he is merely quoting, in his Epistle, a hymn which was already in use. I have endeavoured to retain the message behind the words when constructing this rhyme.
your dealings with one another
them as would Christ
who, being as God and no other,
was content with all that sufficed.
never stressed an advantage
rather, made himself naught,
seeking overtly to manage
or in any way have his love bought.
he became like a servant;
appearance no different from man
to even the slightly observant
humility was his game plan.
obedient was his demeanour
he answered the call of death.
the cross no one ever was keener
to praise God in his dying breath.
his passion God raised him exalted
the highest place ever bestowed
gave him a name that resulted
in it being the heartís abode.
name above every name given
causes all knees to bow
on earth as happens in heaven;
even hell, should the Devil allow.
Jesus is Lord of all people
Every tongue acknowledges this.
the church bells ring out from the steeple
Godís glory has brought us such bliss.
© Richard Farquharson, Maulden, Bedfordshire February 2017