Clothes for Christmas: A Poem
Clothes for Christmas
Cowering in sinful shame, with fig leaves for their dress
Adam and Eve hid from God, afraid and in distress.
Foreshadowing the coming Christ, God gave the rebel foes
Skins for their nakedness; He covered them with … Christmas clothes.
Murder and adultery, these sins weighed heavy on him.
“Against thee only have I sinned!” and God’s mercy was giv’n.
King David rejoiced and wrote a psalm: “Blessings be on those
Whose sinful ways are forgiven,” covered in … Christmas clothes.
The High Priest stood before the LORD, steeped in grievous sin,
And Satan demanded swift justice should fall harshly on him.
But the LORD said “Is he not a brand that from the fire I chose?”
Remove his filthy garments, and cover him with … Christmas clothes.
Squandered! I’ve been a foolish sinner, wallowing in mire.
I’m heading home to face my father, hoping he will hire.
Bring my ring! Bring my robe! Greater joy only heaven knows,
My son was dead, but now alive! Cover him with … Christmas clothes.
Isaiah the prophet spoke long ago to those in dark of sin,
A light would shine, a child would come, to us a Son be giv’n.
With garments of salvation, and bringing glorious robes
Of righteousness He will supply His people … Christmas clothes.
The infant King made his bed amongst the feed and hay.
Immanuel, God with us, He shared our low estate.
He bore the stench of sin, and shared our earthly woes
Humbly and willingly, Christ laid aside His … Christmas clothes.
Still we struggle with our sin, forgiven though we be,
Longing to be clothed one day with promised future glory.
The advent of our Savior nears, and our heavenly repose
But until then let us daily put on our … Christmas clothes.
Holiday anticipation grips us all, amidst the din and noise,
Standing by the Christmas tree, surrounded by earthly toys.
A greater gift we’ll never get, surely no one could suppose;
The righteousness of Christ is ours, He gave us … Christmas clothes.
(Gen 3:21, Ps 32:1, Zech 3:4, Lk 15:22, Is 61:10, 2 Co 5:21, Rom 13:14, Rom 3:22)
Jesus, thy blood and righteousness, my beauty are, my glorious dress…
Fully absolved through Him I am, from sin and fear, from guilt and shame – (Zinzendorf)