Before time began he was.
Eternal, uncreated, only begotten son of God, Jesus Christ, our Lord. From everlasting to everlasting he has been and will be. Creator of all, all was made by him and for him.
Seated on his throne, he is the forever King. Eternal majesty and glory were his before the mountains were brought forth.
And yet, this ancient of days became flesh.
Into the world he came, the true light through whom sinners are saved. Light and life for all who believe.
With sinners he dwelt that we might behold him, to see his glory come. Full of grace and truth, it is from him we have received grace upon grace.
And we remember:
The Word of God appearing with divinity unceasing, as a babe he came to us. Humble, average, ordinary, with only the fanfare of the lowly.
Before him a wooden cross, nails and blood- the plan of covering whereby wretches become children of God. Born of God, not of man, are those whom he calls his own.
For this he came and was willingly made flesh: that all of this might be so.
Joyful hearts praise God the Father who has made him known, the one who forever reigns. With gladness crown him with many crowns, the King who became flesh and dwelt among us, the Christ, our Emmanuel.