This text was written in 2010 for the 25th anniversary of Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN to the vibrant tune, ZEHNDER, by Scott Hyslop of St. Lorenz in Frankenmuth, MI. A blessed Holy Week to you!
1. Exalt today, Jerusalem!
God comes to set you free!
This royal son of Bethlehem
Fulfills all prophecy.
This greater Jonah of renown
God's love and pow'r displays;
He comes to tear God's temple down
And raise it in three days!
2. With joy, the city resonates!
O Zion's daughter, sing!
Lift up your heads, you mighty gates,
And greet your coming King!
He rides no horse with prancing strides,
As kings before Him came,
But on a donkey humbly rides,
His office to proclaim:
3. The Christ! A Prophet greater than
That giver of the Law;
A Priest, not born from Levi's clan,
But born without sin's flaw;
A King, one like that priestly king,
Melchizedek of old,
For Christ, as thorn-crowned King will bring
God's righteousness foretold.
4. Christ's glory is not seen by those
Offended by the cross,
For worldly wisdom never knows
How gain could come from loss;
Yet, this the glory of the Christ:
To claim our cross as throne--
His perfect life He sacrificed
That we might be His own!
5. So wave your palms and fill the air
With shouts of joy this day,
The King of glory comes to bear
Your sin and death away!
Hosanna, Lord! Your people save!
O come, Emmanuel,
And by Your cross and shattered grave,
Tear down the gates of hell!