Christus Paradox

You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd.
You, Lord, are both prince and slave.
You, peacemaker and swordbringer
Of the way you took and gave.
You the everlasting instant;
You, whom we both scorn and crave.

Clothed in light upon the mountain,
Stripped of might upon the cross,
Shining in eternal glory,
Beggar’d by a soldier’s toss,
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are both gift and cost.

You, who walk each day beside us,
Sit in power at God’s side.
You, who preach a way that’s narrow,
Have a love that reaches wide.
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are our pilgrim guide.

Worthy is our earthly Jesus!
Worthy is our cosmic Christ!
Worthy your defeat and vict’ry.
Worthy still your peace and strife.
You, the everlasting instant;
You, who are our death and life.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
You, who are our death and our life.

Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993) graduated from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, in 1980. She served as a United Church minister and women’s prison chaplain. She was working an a metrical Psalter when she died at age 38 of cancer.

5 thoughts on “Christus Paradox

  1. J. K. Gayle says:

    And what a life and death and life with Jesus Sylvia Dunstan has! (One of my daughters has been cured of liver cancer, so Dunstan’s story and poem has particular poignancy). Yes thanks for sharing.

  2. Fong Allan says:

    Thanks Sylvia for penning the thoughtful reality of the poem of Christ our Servant King. Though you die, you are alive evermore. Your words live on and help all of us to reflect more deeply who Christ really is and what He has done for our salvation.

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