This Sunday celebrates the first Sunday of Epiphany where we celebrate Jesus Christ coming into the world as light into darkness. His life in every way shines God’s glory into our world but with the coming of God’s glory we also face the uprising of sin and evil. Here is a song I wrote a few years ago meditating on some of the contrasting themes of Epiphany (the Light coming, those that journey towards it and away from it, the fight of darkness against the light).
Oh holy child, you’ve been made known
A thousand miles into the unknown
A light in the sky, for all mankind
You shined from the deep dark of space
You shined in the deep dark of our sin.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the King
Oh holy light you’ve been made known
From Babylon, with the rising moon
Up to the king of Jerusalem
But not from the throne of David’s Citadel
Not from a throne but from a stable
O holy night, you’ve made been known
Where heavenly hosts, and shepherds roam
All to the wonder of His seemless light
You shined from the womb of prophets long-foretold
You shined from the womb into the night.
Oh holy wrath, oh holy blood
Bethlehem’s cries and Rachel’s breath
Running from His righteous wounds
He came for the peace, of ancient Israel
He came for the peace, for favored men.
(c) 2009 Bruce Benedict