Friday, December 20, 2013

QUAINT WORDS - Jesus, The King

Welcome to "Quaint Words!”

These posts will contain thoughts, poems, and prayers from old books that I have found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales (with an occasional treasure from a bookstore).

I love the rhythm and sound of the older English language, and am blessed by other believers who have gone before me!

(A listing of books and authors, and also dates of individual postings from those books, will be found on my "QUAINT WORDS" page)

"And remember...the King whom you are seeking is not to be found in a palace, nor among the rich and powerful...the light for which the world is waiting is a new light, the glory that shall rise out of patient and triumphant suffering. And the kingdom which is to be established forever is a new kingdom, the royalty of perfect and unconquerable love.

I do not know how this shall come to pass, nor how the turbulent kings and peoples of earth shall be brought to acknowledge the Messiah and pay homage to Him. But this I know. Those who seek Him will do well to look among the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed."

(From "The Story of the Other Wise Man" by Henry van Dyke, c. 1899)

"There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
...he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the LORD laid on him
the sins of us all.
He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
he was led away.
No one cared that...his life was cut short in midstream.
...He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.
But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all their sins."

(From Isaiah 53, NLT)

*How is Jesus a surprising Savior to you?

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  1. Hi Sharon....great post as always. Wishing you a gentle and safe and happy Friday. Hugs.

  2. How is Jesus a surprising Savior to me? Knowing he is "with" me everywhere, all the time, in every situation. It's almost unbelievable it's so good!

  3. You are a deep deep thinker girl. It is amazing what HE has done for us. He is right at the door waiting for us to open it. sandie

  4. I am amazed at how He has woven all of history together to point us to Himself. I am so glad to have found your blog!! And thanks for the visit and comment to Deep Roots at Home. I always try to return the favor. Blessings! Merry Christmas!

  5. I love those words from Henry van Dyke! Beautiful Sharon! I'm just so thankful Jesus was willing to do what he did with his terrible death so I could spend eternity with him. And while I don't know exactly what that all means, I do know it will be wonderful because He is wonderful!


  6. Dear Sharon,
    These words by Mr. van Dyke are beautiful. To think that they were written in the 1800s... the depth and the truth, not to mention the way it was expressed, really touch my heart deeply.

    The light that Jesus brings is indeed a different kind of light, the light of His quiet unassuming "glory that shall rise out of patient and triumphant suffering."

    Oh, the kingdom of Jesus is the eternal unshakable kingdom built on his "unconquerable love" that knows no limits.

    Praying that as you and I meditate on the Isaiah 53 passage that you quoted here, we will experience anew the power of a life lived in selflessness and humility. Thanking God for your friendship this Christmas, dear Sharon. Love, Lidia


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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