The Song of Christmas: A Poem

A wicked king ruled o’er the land

Darkness and dread poured from his hand

A thick gloomy mist draped over the people

Weary and worn, there was no sign of a steeple

 

This evil king was not heir to the throne,

His path was crooked and cruel, “so let it be known!”

He usurped authority, overturned the law,

Coerced to the place where he now sat sneering with set jaw

 

“How long!?” the countrymen cried.

Toiling under his heavy hand

They tried to revolt, but to no avail

Victory seemed utterly futile on their worn, torn trail

 

The civil unrest and growing distress stretched higher

Yet all this drove the insidious man to squeeze his grip even tighter

Crushing taxation…

Religious oppression…

Murderous schemes…

Immoral regression…

 

The people wondered and wandered and worried:

“Who can save us?”

“Is there hope?”

“Will a righteous one ever ascend the throne?”

 

“Is there one to make everything right

To mend our shattered lives,

Wipe our tear filled eyes?”

“Will we ever stop living amid this king’s lies?”

 

Then a promise sounded from the ancient past

A message from the Father of the Promised One, at last

His words shot with blazing light into the shadows of night:

“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light!”

 

Like a young sapling, He will grow from the lonely root

He will be the Branch that bears good fruit

He will be the Shepherd who cares for all the sheep

He will be the King who rules with perfect peace and equity

 

The promise rang like a signal bell across the land,

Its song was singing from mountaintop to timber stand:
“He is arriving! Be ready! He is coming!”

 

The sad chorus of oppression turned to hymns of anticipation

Hope was returning, Love was restoring

 

But the refrain of a Savior…

Made the incredulous king recoil as a viper

Ready to inflict and poison like a sniper

 

Alluring with lies, scheming their demise

His tactics of torture, deception, and theft hushed the song

Spreading sad silence once again far and long

 

The power of fear rose each year

The promise of freedom seemed to disappear

 

Year after year their burden increased

They buried their loved ones

Their hope seemed deceased

Yet then in the silence and sorrow and tears

A heavenly messenger appeared…

 

“Strike up the song! For your King is here!”

 

Like the dawning light of a fresh spring morning

The news crossed the sky and went soaring
The Child, the Promise, the Savior is born!

Life, peace, joy is restored!

 

But the lies of the wicked king were chanted so long

Many believed his pathetic, unhappy song

They ignored the promise

Continued in darkness

 

Yet across the countryside…

Many weary remembered the Promise,

They believed the Truth, received Him as Savior with, “glory to God in the highest!”

 

His arrival? Not with trumpets.

His mission? Misunderstood.

His crown? Twisted thorns.

His throne? A cross.

 

But the story was not yet complete…

For His death marked the evil king’s defeat
He rose from the grave conquering

Sin and death no longer triumphing

 

We, the believing, are yet in Christ’s glad kingdom

Still the defeated enemy rasps to diminish our freedom

 

Yet the King’s First coming is proof for the Second.

So our song will not be silent!

 

His light is spreading across the land:

“He is coming. Be ready! Our King is arriving again!”

 

So in the heaviness of these days

Let anticipation frame your ways

For just as surely as the King’s first arrival,

So He will be arriving again

And His kingdom will have no end.

 

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)

 

This Christmas… God is inviting those lost in darkness, under the rule of sin and death, to come home to His love in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way of rescue.

Will you repent and trust in Him alone today?

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From our family to yours… we deeply appreciate all the wonderful friends and family members God has given us! Thank you for loving and encouraging us in the Gospel.

May God bless you with abundant grace and peace today as you celebrate and sing of Christ the Incarnate Son.

May you continue to greatly delight in Christ as you walk in the Light.

And here’s a pic with all of us smiling at the same moment, too. 🙂

Merry Christmas!

From the Breznau Family…

Merry Christmas ~ From the Breznau clan (2015)

Merry Christmas ~ From the Breznau clan (2015)

Author: Michael Breznau

:: Who I AM: Husband | Father | Pastor | Speaker | Author | Singer | :: I am a redeemed follower of Jesus, and I'm passionate about inspiring others to follow Him with radical faith. | :: What I DO: I love and pursue knowing the Triune God. I am crazy-in-love with my amazing wife and children. I serve as Staff Pastor and Missions rep for LifeChange | MissionTalk. Prior to my current role, I had the privilege of serving as the Lead Pastor of North Park Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI, and Pastor of Youth and Christian Education at Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor, MI. | :: The Wallpaper: God gave me the opportunity to be trained for ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary, where I completed the Master of Theology program (Th.M in Pastoral Ministries; magna cum laude). I also hold a B.A. in Ministry and Music from North Tennessee Bible Institute & Seminary.

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