THIS IS PART 4 OF A 4 PART SERIES. THIS POEM ORIGINALLY APPEARED AS PART OF AN ADVENT SERIES ON THE EMMAUS CHURCH BLOG. YOU CAN FIND IT HERE. THE FEATURED IMAGE IS AN ORIGINAL BY KATIE STOUT.
Christmas is here!
Our last advent sonnet, by my wife Allie, reflects on the joy of Christ’s first coming and the expectation of his second. This mighty king who humbled himself to take on our own flesh and blood will one day return to liberate us fully. Christmas is the first spark in the flame that will one day make the earth new again — it is the instigation of the inaugurated kingdom. This Christmas, rejoice that Christ has come, but rejoice as well that he will come again.
Already, Not Yet
Christ the king has come! With him, the kingdom.
But not himself alone did he supply:
Kingdom promised, kingdom ready on high.
Eyes of angels strained to see his glory come
Flipped as a thorny crown: this word from
Heaven’s court–blessed are the meek–but why?
Body brought near by weakness, called to die.
God with us, helper sent, breathed out in sum.
Death, though damned: roams, ravaging remains.
Still more there is to see, more He will bring.
He sets ablaze the Fire that will burn fain.
Behold day ushered in by Lowborn King,
Kingdom complete, kingdom fulfilled, earth new:
Joy! See His face, Emmanuel the True!