Fairest Lord Jesus

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October Devotion

Fairest Lord Jesus

By Myra F. Smith

Bible Verse: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

When you look at the hymn, “Fairest Lord Jesus” , you will notice in the left hand top corner, this phrase: “Anonymous German Hymn”. Unlike most of our hymns, no one knows for sure who wrote this one. What we do know is that it came from Roman Catholic Jesuits in Germany, originally had six verses, and was found in a manuscript dating back to 1662. The first three stanzas are the work of an anonymous translator; the last verse was produced by Joseph A. Seiss, and published in a Lutheran schoolbook in 1873.

The beauty of this hymn is that, unlike many others, it makes no attempt to teach a moral lesson or expound on Christian principles. There is only one message contained in these four verses:

 Jesus is fairer, purer, and shines brighter than the meadows, woodlands, sunshine, moonlight, starry host, and angels in heaven. He is the ruler of nature, Son of God and Son of Man, makes the woeful heart to sing, and is worthy of glory, honor, praise and adoration from all His creation!

 This hymn is refreshingly NOT ABOUT sin, salvation, disappointment, trust, faith, regret or forgiveness. This great, mighty hymn is ALL ABOUT JESUS. IMAGINE THAT! Jesus, both God and Man, becomes the subject, verb, adverb, and adjective in this hymn.

What a refreshing song to carry in our hearts today! What joy comes from thinking ONLY about Jesus! When other thoughts crowd our hearts and minds, when trouble comes, sorrow grows, fear creeps near, and love seems far away, remember this

Jesus is fair and pure; He can make your woeful heart sing, and His love will restore your joy.

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