One of Us

from by Chris Ifland

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Long before you walked the land
To seek and save the lost
Long before you stumbled
under our guilt-laden cross
You looked on us who turned away
and you left your home above
to show how strong is mercy's song
and give a name to love

Even as we hated you,
you loved the human race
You gave away all that you had
your praise, your power, your place;
Then you, eternal deity
- Amazing love, how can it be? -
forever put on a human face

There was no seperation
between God and man that day
you breathed life into creatures of dust.
And when we pulled away,
you repaired the breach that day
you left it all to become one of us.

Though stars declare and earth reflects
your power and your fame
Though prophets sing and law reveals
the honor of your name
And though a cloud of witnesses
repeat what we still shun,
At last you spoke your healing word
to us through your own Son.

Well I get why we're doomed to die
and powerless to save,
And it's not odd the power of God
should overcome the grave;
Nor that a perfect life could pay
the price of mankind's fall,
but thoughts won't bend to comprehend
why you'd come to earth at all.

There was no seperation
of the potter and the clay
Long ago and again, in time's great plan
First making man in your image,
and when your work we marred,
taking on, still scarred, the image of man


from One of Us, released December 7, 2016



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