This is not quite a poem, but I guess it should be read like one.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR TWO VOICES
In the beginning‚Ä¶
– God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1:1)
was the Word‚Ä¶
– He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is the Word of God. (Rev. 19:13)
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell. (Col. 1:19)
He was in the beginning with God;‚Ä¶
– ‚ÄòNow, Father, glorify me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.‚Äô (John 17:5)
all things were made through him, and without him was not made anything that was made.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible‚Ä¶. All things were created through him and for him. (Col. 1:15-16)
In him was life‚Ä¶
– Jesus said to Thomas, ‚ÄòI am the way, and the truth, and the life.‚Äô (John 14:6)
and the life was the light of men.
– And God said, ‚ÄòLet there be light.‚Äô (Gen. 1:3)
– Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‚ÄòI am the light of the world.‚Äô (John 8:12)
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
– ‚ÄòHe who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.‚Äô (John 8:12)
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
– But the angel said, ‚ÄòHe will be great before the Lord‚Ä¶. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah.‚Äô (Luke 1:13, 15)
– And Zechariah asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, ‚ÄòHis name is John.‚Äô And everyone marvelled. (Luke 1:63)
– Now John wore a garment of camel‚Äôs hair, and a leather girdle around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4)
He came for testimony‚Ä¶
– The voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. (Mark 1:3)
to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light‚Ä¶
– ‚ÄòHe who is coming after me is mightier than I.‚Äô (Matthew 3:11)
– ‚ÄòI am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him‚Ä¶. He must increase, but I must decrease.‚Äô (John 3:28, 30)
but came to bear witness to the light.
– And John the Baptist looked at Jesus as he walked, and said ‚ÄòBehold, the Lamb of God!‚Äô (John 1:36)
The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.
– ‚ÄòFor we have seen his star in the East‚Äô‚Ä¶ When the Magi saw the star they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (Matthew 2:2, 10)
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.
– Jesus said, ‚ÄòEveryone who is of the truth hears my voice.‚Äô Pilate said to him, ‚ÄòWhat is truth?‚Äô (John 18:37-38)
– ‚ÄòIf the world hates you, know that is has hated me before it hated you.‚Äô (John 15: 18)
He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.
– Nathaniel said, ‚ÄúCan anything good come out of Nazareth?‚Äô (John 1:46)
– ‚ÄòIs not this the carpenter, the son of Mary?‚Äô‚Ä¶ And they took offense at him. (Mark 6:3)
– Even his brethren did not believe in him. (John 7:5)
– The chief priests answered, ‚ÄòWe have no king but Caesar.‚Äô (John 19:15)
But to all who received him‚Ä¶
– Simeon took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, ‚ÄòLord, now let thy servant depart in peace.‚Äô (Luke 2:28-29)
who believed in his name‚Ä¶
– Simon Peter answered him, ‚ÄòLord‚Ä¶ we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.‚Äô (John 6:68-69)
– ‚ÄòYou are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.‚Äô (Matthew 16:16)
– The Samaritans said to the woman: ‚ÄòIt is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.‚Äô (John 4:42)
he gave power to become children of God;…
– Every one who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God. (1 John 5:1)
– See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are‚Ä¶. Beloved, we are God‚Äôs children now. (1 John 3:1-2)
– And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying ‚ÄòAbba! Father!‚Äô (Gal. 4:4-6)
– ‚ÄòPray then like this: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name‚Ä¶‚Äô (Matthew 6:9)
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh not of the will of man, but of God.
But when the time had fully come‚Ä¶ (Gal. 4:4)
– In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. (Luke 2:1-2)
God sent forth his Son‚Ä¶ (Gal. 4:4)
– For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, thy all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed‚Ä¶ (Wisdom 18:14-15a)
born of woman‚Ä¶ (Gal. 4:4)
– And the virgin‚Äôs name was Mary. And the angel Gabriel came to her and said, ‚ÄòHail, full of grace, the Lord is with you‚Äô‚Ä¶ And Mary said, ‚ÄòBehold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.‚Äô(Luke 1:27-28, 38)
– And her cousin Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‚ÄòBlessed are you among women‚Äô‚Ä¶ (Luke 1:41-42)
– And Mary said:‚Ä¶‚ÄòHenceforth all generations will call me blessed‚Äô (Luke 1:48)
born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law. (Gal. 4:4-5)
– And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord ‚Ä¶ and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, ‚Äòa pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.‚Äô (Luke 2:22-24)
– The Jews answered him, ‚ÄòWe have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God.‚Äô (John 19:7)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us‚Ä¶
– And Mary gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger. (Luke 2:7)
– ‚ÄòI am the living bread which comes down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.‚Äô (John 6:51)
– Every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God. (1 John 4:2)
– For in him the whole fulness of deity dwells bodily. (Colossians 2:9)
and we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father.
– The shepherds said to one another, ‚ÄòLet us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.‚Äô And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:15-16
– Going into the house, the Magi saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. (Matthew 2:11)
– And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light‚Ä¶. And a voice from the cloud said, ‚ÄòThis is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased‚Ä¶‚Äô (Matthew 17:2, 5)
– So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, ‚ÄòHere is the man!‚Äô (John 19:5)
– And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God.’ (Mark 15:39)
No one has ever seen God;‚Ä¶
– ‚ÄòHave I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father.‚Äô (John 14:9)
the only Son‚Ä¶
– And his father and his mother marvelled at what was said about him (Luke 2:33):
– ‚ÄòHe will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High‚Ä¶. The child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.‚Äô (Luke 1:32, 35)
– You are my son. Today I have begotten you. (Psalm 2:7)
who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.
– In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
– That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life ‚Äì the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it‚Ä¶ (1 John 1:1-2)
– And the angel said to them, ‚ÄòBe not afraid; for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.‚Äô (Luke 2:10-11)
– Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts: gold and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)
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