Jesus, Greatest at the Table

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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."

Source: Singing the New Testament #96

Author: Stephen P. Starke

Stephen P. Starke authored sts. 2-4 of "Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling" in Lutheran Service Book #827 Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus, greatest at the table
Title: Jesus, Greatest at the Table
Author: Stephen P. Starke
Language: English
Copyright: © 2001 Stephen P. Starke; admin. Concordia Publishing House

Tune

NEW MALDEN


JULION

David Hurd (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1950) composed JULION in 1974. The harmony is rich (up to six parts with the descant) and well suited to a rich, smooth organ sonority, including strings. The descant is difficult and will need rehearsing, but it can be effectively sung by a choir or played by instrument…

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Lutheran Service Book #446
Singing the New Testament #96Text
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