Good News, vol. 18, no. 12, December 1927
Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
For unto you is born a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.
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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE.
A LIVING CHRIST. Serve Him as such, and may His life-imparting touch
Be felt throughout thine every part, filling with praise thy waiting heart
Till thou art lost in joy divine, worshipping at the glorious shrine,
Viewing the wondrous beauty rare of Christ, thy living Lord.
A LIVING CHRIST to dwell within thy heart once filled with pride and sin;
Enthroned within thy life is He, the Christ, in blest reality;
And thou hast but to heed His voice, in His sweet will each day rejoice,
So thou canst e'er a witness be for Christ, thy living Lord.
A LIVING CHRIST revealed in power to those who seek Him hour by hour;
Lives that are loosed from crumbling dust may feel that golden thread of trust
Drawing them to His heart of love, so close that glories hid above
Shall speak continually to them of Christ, their living Lord.
A LIVING CHRIST this Christmastide, a holy Guest to e'er abide
Within the temple bought by Him; grant then to Him the diadem,
The throne, the sceptre of thy life; His reign of peace shall end all strife;
The government of all shall be on Christ, thy living Lord.
A LIVING CHRIST. Canst thou desire a greater treasure for the year?
Know thou, dear heart, that they who win this priceless treasure scarce begin
To sing the sweetness of His love until their hearts so deeply move
Words fail to tell the riches rare in Christ, the living Lord.
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Dear Lord, our hearts are yearning to see Thee face to face,
With straining eyes we're looking towards the trysting place,
Oh, when shall we behold Thee! when wilt Thou bid us rise
To meet Thee and to greet Thee, our Bridegroom, in the skies?
The world is full of sorrow, its old heart tempest torn,
And everywhere Thy children are tried and overborne;
Our only inspiration is in Thy faithful Word,
Our only hope and comfort—the Advent of the Lord!
—A. E. S.;
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HE IS COMING.
In the crimson blush of morning, in the glitter of the noon,
In the midnight's gloomy darkness, or the gleaming of the moon,
In the stillness of the twilight, as it shimmers in the sky,
We are watching, we are waiting, for the end that draweth nigh.
We shall see Him in His splendor and amid a countless throng,
On the clouds to earth descending, with a movement swift and strong;
And the angels round about Him, in their dazzling white array,
While before Him sounds the summons for the final judgment day.
And the trumpet's pealing clangor will appalling terrors spread;
It will break the sleep of ages, and will rouse the sheeted dead;
Waxing loud and ever louder, it will pierce to ev'ry tomb,
It will call the saints to glory, and the sinners to their doom.
He will welcome all His people, He will diadem His own;
He will show to them His glory, and will share with them His throne,
And forever in His presence they shall see Him face to face,
While they chant His matchless wisdom, and extol His wond'rous grace.
He is coming, surely coming, for His promise cannot fail;
And the scoffers shall behold Him, and before Him they shall quail!
He is coming, quickly coming! But His coming we shall greet,
We have waited for His advent, and have listened for His feet.
—"The Burning Bush."
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OUR LORD COMETH.
Then shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4: 17).
Then death shall be swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15: 54).
Then shall every man have praise of God (1 Corinthians 4:5).
Then shall we know even as we also are known (1 Corinthians 13: 12).
Then shall we appear with him in Glory (Colossians 3: 4).
"Surely I come quickly; Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22: 20).
© Southern Cross College, 2005