THEN JESUS CAME
© 1980 William C. Highsmith


On that Judaean hillside,
so many years ago,
The shepherds watched their flocks by night -
the embers softly glowed.
When all at once - the sky grew bright -
with joy the angels sang
A song of peace and goodwill,
and news that Jesus came.
Jesus came - Jesus came -
Glory Hallelujah - Jesus came.

Andrew, Peter, James and John
and others made it twelve -
Each one a man of honor,
in the ways that men may tell.
Although a measure of success,
their lives were but in vain -
Needing Love, Sweet Charity -
and Lo! Then Jesus came.
Jesus came - Jesus came -
Glory Hallelujah - Jesus came.

There was a man named Lazarus -
His sisters loved him so.
He died and was committed to
the grave four days ago
But, by the Pow'r of God On High,
old Death could not detain.
Life walked into Bethany,
the day that Jesus came.
Jesus came - Jesus came -
Glory Hallelujah - Jesus came.

In the cities and the towns
and thru the countryside,
There were the sick, the lame, and blind -
not one He would deny.
When He began to speak to them,
it was a sweet refrain.
My! Oh what a difference -
it made when Jesus came.
Jesus came - Jesus came -
Glory Hallelujah - Jesus came.

Outside old Jerusalem,
the Son of God was slain.
They hung His precious Body
there upon that awful frame.
Reviling and tormenting Him,
some cursed His Holy Name,
But He prayed God 'forgive them'.
It was for this He came.
Jesus came - Jesus came -
Glory Hallelujah - Jesus came.

They put my Savior's Body
into a borrowed tomb.
But, He defeated hell and death,
so we would not be doomed.
The angels rolled the stone away,
His victory to proclaim.
Old Satan lost the battle,
when forth my Jesus came.
Jesus came - Jesus came -
Glory Hallelujah - Jesus came.

Some day the sky will open
as though it were a scroll
And then I'll see the King of Kings
and all the streets of gold.
I'll sit down at His Precious Feet -
there with the Saints of Old.
We'll live with Him forever -
in happiness untold.
Yes - We'll live with Him forever -
in happiness untold.