Meet The Magi

Where is he?

Where is the promised King?

Why do you ask? We knew him well,

For once he passed this way.

He healed our sick, he preached for us,

And came to dinner, too.

Indeed, it sometimes seems

That he is with us still,

We have such memories.

That star you followed we

Have set in galaxies

Of Christmas incandescence

To twinkle on our skylines.

Your quest for him we know;

In effigy you ride

Across our lawns and windows.

But look about you, Magi,

For where has he not been?

That cathedral bears his name,

These hospitals have grown

From a story he once told—

We tell it still to children.

But where is he?

We do not know.

If you find him, bring us word

For we might worship too.

Where is he?

Where is the Lord’s Anointed?

He has gone. We broke his yoke;

We have cast away his cords.

Like the corpse of our dead god,

Stalin, we have flung him out

From the people’s mausoleum.

Above your phantom star

We raise another, red

With blood of Bethlehem.

To us, and not to him has come

The East, and all its treasures.

Where is he?

Where is Christ the King?

We know. Thus it is written,

And thus it came to pass—

His sufferings and glory.

We know where he has gone,

The way we also know;

He lives, he rules, he comes;

All power on earth is his

And we are witnesses.

We know, and since you ask,

We point you to the Scripture.

You must excuse us now—

It is a busy season.

Just follow the star to Bethlehem—

You can’t miss it.

EUTYCHUS

Kenosis

Thank you and the author for sundry stimulating suggestions in the article on “The Kenotic Theory” (Oct. 27 issue). But may I raise two questions?

First, if “God certainly limited himself with reference to future choices and deeds of free moral beings,” what does one do with such passages as Matt. 10:30; Eph. 1:11; Isa. 14:27; 43:13; Dan. 4:35; and such doctrines ...

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