[Excerpt from Ode to Jesus Copyright © 2017 Edward K. Watson. All rights reserved. Hymn #1.]

Meter 86.86


In the beginning was the Word.

And the Word was with God!

He existed before the world.

And ere the universe!


The Son has the Father’s nature.

By nature, he is God!

The Son radiates God’s glory.

Exact image of God!


He had glory ere creation.

He shared God’s glory!

He gave up his equality.

He emptied his glory!


He was foreordained to atone –

Before the world was made!

He was ordained to save mankind.

Before the earth was laid!


He came from heaven before birth.

The Son came from heaven!

He gave up heaven to come here.

God’s only Son left heaven!


Jesus came from God the Father.

Thank you, God, for your Son!

Jesus was sent by his Father.

Thank you, O holy one!


Jesus is the Lord of Israel.

He is the great I AM!

God’s only Son is the Lord of lords.

He is the King of kings!


God gave his only Son for us.

His great work had begun!

God’s Son obeyed his Father’s will.

Thank you, Lord, for your Son!



HE EXISTED BEFORE CREATION: John 1:1-3,10,14; 1 John 1:1-2; 1 John 2:13; Colossians 1:15-17; 1 Peter 1:19-20; 2 Timothy 1:9-10


HE WAS “GOD” BY NATURE: John 1:1; Philippians 2:5-7; Hebrews 1:2-3


HE POSSESSED GLORY: John 17:5,22,24; Philippians 2:6-8




HE CAME FROM HEAVEN: John 3:13,31-32; John 6:33,38,41-42,50-51,58,62; John 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:47; Ephesians 4:9-10


HE CAME FROM THE FATHER: John 3:16-17; John 6:32,38-40,44,46,57; John 7:33-34; John 8:18,42; John 10:36; John 12:41-50; John 13:3; John 16:5; John 16:28; John 17:3,8,21, 23,25; 1 John 4:9-10,14; Romans 8:3; Galatians 4:4


HE WAS THE OLD TESTAMENT GOD: (John 8:24,28,58; John 13:19; John 18:5-8 cf. Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 32:39; Isaiah 41:4; Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 46:4) / (Acts 4:10-12; 1 John 4:14 cf. Isaiah 43:11; Hosea 13:4); Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:13-16


HE IS GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON: Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5; Hebrews 1:5; 2 Peter 1:17; John 1:14; John 3:16,18,35; 1 John 4:9-10

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