Jesus, Greatest at the Table

Representative Text

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



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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Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Lutheran Service Book #446


Singing the New Testament #96

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