Incognito– A Christmas Poem

Incognito– A Christmas Poem December 26, 2020

INCOGNITO

 

He came in incognito,

A thinly veiled disguise

The not so subtle son of man,

A human with God’s eyes.

 

The messianic secret,

Left many unawares

A God had walked upon the earth

And shared our human cares.

 

We did not see his glory,

At least not at first glimpse,

It took an Easter wake up call,

Before it all made sense.

 

The truth of Incarnation,

Of dwelling within flesh,

Shows goodness in creation,

And Word of God made fresh.

 

Standing on the boundary

Twixt earth and heaven above

A Jew who hailed from Nazareth

But came from God’s great love.

 

Born of humble parents,

Installed inside a stall

This king required no entourage

No pomp or falderal

 

No person was beneath him

No angel o’er his head,

He came to serve the human race

To raise it from the dead.

 

His death a great conundrum,

How can the Deathless die?

But if he had not bowed his head,

Life would have passed us by.

 

Though we are dying to be loved,

And long for endless life,

He was dying in his love,

And thereby ending strife.

Perhaps the incognito

Belongs instead to us,

Who play at being human,

And fail to be gold dust.

 

But there was once a God-man

Who played the human’s part

And lived and died and rose again

Made sin and death depart.

 

Yes now through a glass dimly,

We see the visage royal

And feebly honor his great worth

And his atoning toil.

 

We cannot see his Spirit,

But moved by its effects

We are inspired to praise his worth

And pay our last respects.

 

Yet that too brings him glory

That too makes a start,

The journey of a million miles

Begins within one’s heart.

 

And someday we shall see him

And fully praise his grace,

Someday when heaven and earth collide

And we see face to face.

 

He comes in blinding brilliance,

A not so veiled disguise

The not so subtle Son of God,

A God with human eyes.

 


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