A Song of Faith

We find God made known in Jesus of Nazareth.  And so we sing of God the Christ, the Holy One embodied.  We sing of Jesus, a jew, born to a woman in poverty in a time of social upheaval and political oppression.  He knew human joy and sorrow.  So filled with the Holy Spirit was he that in Him people experienced the presence of God among them.  We sing praise to God incarnate.  Jesus announced the coming of God’s reign.  A commonwealth not of domination but of peace, justice and reconciliation.  He healed the sick and fed the hungry.  He forgave sins and freed those held captive by all manner of demonic powers.  He crossed barriers of race, class, culture and gender. He preached and practiced unconditional love.  Love of God, love of neighbour, love of friend, love of enemy and he commanded his followers to love one another as he had loved them.  Because his witness to love was threatening those exercising power sought to silence Jesus.  He suffered abandonment and betrayal, state sanctioned torture and execution and was crucified.  But death was not the last word.  God raised Jesus from death turning sorrow into joy, despair into hope.  We sing of Jesus raised from the dead, we sing hallelujah.