To Man He Came Near

Into a world of misery and shame,
Into a scene of sorrow and pain,
Into the realm of a rebel’s reign,
The Lord of Glory came.

Came with a message of love and cheer,
Came with words that banish our fear,
Came with power for all who would hear—
Power to set them free.

Taking our sorrows only to groan,
Taking our burdens in love alone,
Taking our sin to be judged as His own,
Kinsman-Redeemer He!

Passing the rich, and calling the poor,
Passing self-righteous for the publican’s door.
Passing by angels, to man he came near—
Saviour of sinners He!
—Author unknown