This morning while we were singing “Joy to the World,” I was reminded again that only the first verse is, strictly speaking, Christmas-oriented. The other three commonly sung verses would fit better at Easter.
Which brings us to a similar situation with “The Servant King.” Although I just posted another Graham Kendrick song a few weeks ago, I always associate this associate this song with Christmas, even though it speaks more of Christ’s death and resurrection. (Another song, which also begins incarnationally is “Here I Am To Worship,” which works well at this time of year.)
This song originates in the UK, and is well-known to Canadians, but probably many of my American readers are not familiar with it. The lyrics appear onscreen.
Phil 2:5 (NIV)In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
(Some similar writing to “The Servant King” can be found in Kendrick’s Meekness and Majesty, another song known well in England and Canada, but not so much in the U.S. We’ll post that one here in a few days.)