As Jesus came up from the waters of Jordan
the Spirit appeared, coming down like a dove;
the heavens were opened, a voice heard affirming
the One whom God favours, the Son of his love.

As down through the ages God called on his people
to turn from their idols, obey and repent:
so John, the last prophet, now points them to Jesus,
the Saviour whom God in his mercy has sent.

In Christ is fulfilled what the prophet had spoken:
on all who love God and who follow his call
he'll open heaven's windows, and pour down such blessings
that there will be not enough room for them all!

When Jesus returns in his power and glory,
with angels and clouds and with trumpets ablaze,
the heavens will be opened, and all who have loved him
will rise up to meet him - the Ancient of Days.

God's purpose accomplished for all his creation,
he'll dwell with his people throughout the new earth;
with heaven's door wide open, they'll join with the angels
to gaze on the Lamb and exult in his worth.

Derek Baldwin (b. 1944)
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