Through the Prince Not Proud

The one who gave life, entered into life.
The one who spoke the curse of death took the curse of death.
The one who defines good and evil, who is nothing but good, took evil on himself.
The holy one gave himself for the unholy,
The righteous for the unrighteous,
The undying for the dead.

The Son of God became a son of man
So the sons of men could become sons of God.

The one who made everything was unmade so that we might be remade.
The Creator entered the creation to be killed by creatures so he could roll back death and bring about the new creation.

Death could not hold him.
Sin could not stain him.
Hell will not stand against him.
You will not outrun him.

Jesus will reign!

God has answered Satan’s shout of triumph with the baby’s cry.

God has brought proud Satan low

through the prince not proud
born on the night not silent
in the stable not clean
to the heir not honored
with majesty not recognized
by those who will not repent
but beheld by those who are naught in the eyes of the world.

The babe has been born
The dragon defeated
Salvation accomplished
Good news has come
Will you believe it?

The word became flesh, and tabernacled among us. We have seen his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

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  1. What a marvelous exposition of Truth! May I use this in a Christmas “letter” send-out? (with proper attribution of course)

    I happened here while looking at reviews of your book “God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment” Blessings!


  2. This is wonderful. I’m preaching this Sunday on John 1:14-18; I think I want to end the sermon with reading this, citing you of course. Excellent writing – thank you for this.

  3. Jim, out of curiosity, have you ever had any poetry published (beyond your blog)?

    (I think one would find some divergence in our political views, but that said, I think we seem to see eye to eye quite a bit on poetry and theology. It encourages me to know that there is a small but growing tribe of Calvinistic Baptist fans of Kubla Khan :>)

    1. No, but I’m very encouraged that you’d even ask the question!

      I don’t think my stuff is that good, but I’m trying my hand at it.

      Thanks for your kind words,


  4. I think what I’ve seen is really good (although I’m sure you know from your other writing projects that the questions of “good” and “publishable in a particular context” can be two totally different questions–all the more in the poetry world!).

    My advice is…Keep at it! (from one “poetry tinkerer” to another)

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