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96. Jesus, Greatest at the Table

1 Jesus, greatest at the table,
the almighty Son of Man,
laid aside his outer clothing,
poured some water in a pan;
as the twelve lay hushed in silence,
he the servant's task began.

2 Marvel how their Lord and Teacher
gently taught them not to vie,
as he humbly knelt before them,
dusty feet to wash and dry;
by his tender touch expressing
true compassion from on high.

3 Jesus took the role of servant
when upon that gruesome span,
for all human sin he suffered
as a vile and loathsome man;
on the cross poured out like water
to fulfill the Father's plan.

4 Can we fathom such deep mercy?
Do we see what God has done?
Who can grasp this great reversal:
love that gives his only Son?
Christ, the sinless for the sinners,
for the many dies the One.

5 Jesus gave to his disciples
a commandment that was new:
"Show my love to one another,
do as I have done for you;
all the world will know you love me
as you love each other too."

Text Information
First Line: Jesus, greatest at the table
Title: Jesus, Greatest at the Table
Author: Stephen P. Starke
Publication Date: 2008
Scripture: ;
Topic: Family of God; Jesus Christ: Life of; Love: God for Us (3 more...)
Language: English
Copyright: © Concordia Publishing House
Tune Information
Composer: David Hurd (1974)
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 1983, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

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