[Excerpt from Ode to Jesus Copyright © 2017 Edward K. Watson. All rights reserved. Hymn #3.]

 Meter 86.86

(a)

God made the universe through Christ.

Sire ordered; Son obeyed!

This reality came to be –

Father designed; Son made!

(b)

God’s only Son made the cosmos.

Every planet and star!

He made the big bang’s time and space.

And all things near and far!

(c)

Nothing exists without Christ’s word.

There’s naught he didn’t make!

Everything in heaven and earth –

All things he did create!

(d)

Jesus sustains the universe.

He keeps it together!

By the power of our Lord’s word –

He holds it together!

(e)

The Son of God formed this great world.

He created this earth!

Although man did not know he did.

Made long before his birth!

(f)

He breathed life into matter.

Structured life formed from clay!

He brought complexity from base.

In all of life’s array!

(g)

Most of all, he created man.

The pinnacle of life!

Capable of moral reason,

Can discern wrong from right!

(h)

He gave us genuine freedom.

We are free to obey him!

He does not force us to be good.

We must freely heed him!

 

(a)

THE FATHER CREATED THE UNIVERSE THROUGH HIM: 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 1:2-3; Revelation 3:14

(b)

HE CREATED THE UNIVERSE: John 1:3,10,14; Colossians 1:13-17; Hebrews 1:8-10; Hebrews 2:10

(c)

NOTHING EXISTS THAT WASN’T CREATED BY HIM: John 1:3; Colossians 1:13-17

(d)

HE SUSTAINS THE UNIVERSE: Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3

(e)

HE CREATED THIS EARTH: John 1:10; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:8-10

(f)

HE CREATED LIFE: Colossians 1:16

(g)

HE CREATED MAN: 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16

(h)

WE HAVE FREE WILL: Mark 8:34; John 1:12-13; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Galatians 5:1,13; Revelation 3:20

 

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