The Final Word – by Michael Card


Album: Joy In The Journey

You and me we use so very many clumsy words.
The noise of what we often say is not worth being heard.
When the Father’s Wisdom wanted to communicate His love,
He spoke it in one final perfect Word.

He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.

And so the Father’s fondest thought took on flesh and bone.
He spoke the living luminous Word, at once His will was done.
And so the transformation that in man had been unheard
Took place in God the Father as He spoke that final Word.

He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.

And so the Light became alive
And manna became Man.
Eternity stepped into time
So we could understand.

He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.

December is that month of the year when Christians remember the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a lot of debate about whether to celebrate Christmas or not and the validity of the dates and so forth. I will not get into that debate, but will take an opportunity of the season to reflect on some unchangeable facts about Christ.

As I reflected on the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, the song by Micheal card seemed to summarise it well. “When the Father’s Wisdom wanted to communicate His love, He spoke it in one final perfect Word. He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.  His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.  Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.  And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine”.

What a message, what a gospel in those few words. Christ was God before He came to earth. He came through incarnation. Godhood and manhood they became one in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The purpose of His mission was not to be mistaken. He came to save the lost.

The Final Word: This lovely Christmas carol as I may call it was written by Michael Card. Michael Card was born on April 11, 1957 in America. Card was born in Madison, Tennessee as the son of a doctor and grandson of a Baptist minister. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biblical Studies from Western Kentucky University, and was awarded the university’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” in 1997.His studies in physics and astronomy allowed him to support himself while a student by working for six years at a planetarium. As of 2005, he was working on a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Classical Literature.

He is a renowned Christian singer – songwriter, musician, author, and radio host from Franklin, Tennessee. He is best known for his contributions in contemporary Christian music, which couple folk-style melodies and instrumentation with lyrics that stem from intensive study of the Bible. Since his debut in 1981, he has sold more than 4 million albums and has written 19 No. 1 singles. He has also authored several books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner A Sacred Sorrow.

Card as a Musician: It is said that Card never intended to be a professional musician. He got his start when his professor and mentor, William L. Lane, asked Card to write some music to accompany weekly sermons at their church. His friend, musician Randy Scruggs, then asked him to record a demo tape so Scruggs could get a job as a producer. The record label agreed to hire Scruggs as long as his first project was to produce an album featuring Card. Since then Card has released nineteen original albums and at least six compilation albums. Another album, Starkindler, is composed of Card’s interpretations of traditional Celtic hymns. The compilations often include one or two new songs along with previously released material. With the exception of Starkindler, Card writes the vast majority of the music he records (although sometimes with collaborators).

Many of Card’s albums are structured around a unifying theme. For example, the songs from The Beginning are all based on the Pentateuch. The individual songs have subjects such as Genesis, Leviticus, Abraham, Isaac and Moses. Card is particularly adept at relating difficult or obscure concepts from the Old Testament to more understandable themes from the New Testament. For example, the song “Jubilee” talks about the period of rest and the release from debts and slavery commanded in the Jubilee year as described in Leviticus 25, but also reveals how the idea culminated in the rest and freedom from condemnation offered through Jesus.

Card’s most famous song is “El Shaddai”, which was recorded by Amy Grant as well as by Card himself. Grant’s recording was named No. 326 on the RIAA’s list of 365 Songs of the Century in 2001. Other popular Card songs include “Immanuel”, “Joy in the Journey”, and “Heal Our Land”. “Heal Our Land” was commissioned as the 1993 National Day of Prayer’s theme song.

Despite his success in music, Card has always maintained that his music career is secondary to his calling as a Bible teacher. He has at times distanced himself from the CCM industry by criticizing the promotion of personalities over musical content and the shifting emphasis away from God in order to sell more albums.

As an Author:  Michael Card is the author or co-author of nineteen books. He originally started writing as a way to share the knowledge he accumulated while researching his songs. His studies were so in-depth that he couldn’t condense everything he had learned into one short song. The books that resulted from album research bear the same titles as the albums. He then branched out to other subjects not specifically based on his music, such as the Gospel of John, homeschooling, and Christian discipleship and mentoring. As of 2005, he had joined with NavPress to pursue his interest in writing Christian fiction.

As a  Radio Host: In addition to touring and writing, Card also hosted a weekly radio program. In the Studio with Michael Card was carried by stations in 48 states, Canada, and the Caribbean. It was also available via internet streaming audio and as a podcast. The show was an amalgam of talk, musical performances and Bible study. The show ceased production in March, 2009.

A few thoughts about Jesus Christ, The Incarnate Son of God:  The scriptures show us that in the fullness of time God sent forth His eternal Son as Jesus the Messiah, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. When the eternal Son became flesh, He took on a fully human nature, so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one Person, without confusion or mixture. Thus the Person, Jesus Christ, was and is truly God and truly man, yet one Christ and the only Mediator between God and man.

We note also that Jesus Christ lived without sin, though He endured the common infirmities and temptations of human life. He preached and taught with truth and authority unparalleled in human history. He worked miracles, demonstrating His divine right and power over all creation: dispatching demons, healing the sick, raising the dead, stilling the storm, walking on water, multiplying loaves, and foreknowing what would befall Him and His disciples, including the betrayal of Judas and the denial, restoration, and eventual martyrdom of Peter.

We further note that His life was governed by His Father\’s providence with a view to fulfilling all Old Testament prophecies concerning the One who was to come, such as the Seed of the woman, the Prophet like Moses, the Priest after the order of Melchizedek, the Son of David, and the Suffering Servant.

Finally, we note that Jesus Christ suffered voluntarily in fulfilment of God’s redemptive plan, that He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, that He died, was buried and on the third day rose from the dead to vindicate the saving work of His life and death and to take His place as the invincible, everlasting Lord of glory. During forty days after His resurrection, He gave many compelling evidences of His bodily resurrection and then ascended bodily into heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for His people on the basis of His all-sufficient sacrifice for sin, and reigning until He puts all His enemies under His feet.

That is Christmas friends. He came with a mission and paid the debt that we could not pay and paid the debt He did not owe. Yes we needed someone to wash our sins away. And now we can sing Amazing grace – Christ Jesus paid the debt that we could never pay.

 

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