I’ve always been amazed at John Piper’s ability to write poems. Apart from an utterly unforgettable forgettable poem I wrote for my future wife on Valentine’s day about 24 years ago, my poetic gifts have remained resolutely dormant, if not totally extinct.

But a few weeks ago, I sat down and thought, “I wonder if I could write a poem about Christ in each book of the Old Testament.” I sat at a blank screen thinking I’d still be there an hour later with no pixels to show for my effort. But then the “muse” descended upon me, and 30 hours later, lo and behold, I had 30 verses! It’s not exactly Robert Burns or William Shakespeare (maybe a bit limerick-ish in places), but still, I hope it gets the Old Testament’s Christ-centered message across in a slightly different way.

As you can see, we even made a video of it with some of the kids in my congregation. I understand that some of these poor children had “Jesus on Every Page” ringing in their ears for the next couple of days (and nights!)

You can download a pdf of the poem here, and feel free to embed and share the video and poem elsewhere. Meanwhile, John Piper’s position as the Poet Laureate of the Reformed world remains unthreatened.

(PS: Remember if you order Jesus on Every Page before the end of this week, you’ll receive $100 of free OT resources. Details here.)

Jesus On Every Page

What do we find when we open this book
Let’s open the covers and take a close look
Wherever we turn, wherever we read
A familiar name is what we meet
It’s Jesus on every page
He wasn’t idle and quiet for thousands of years
Just watching and waiting till His turn drew near
He was busy and active in grace and in power
His mercy was growing – seed, bud, and flower
It’s Jesus on every page
He is the Word by whom all things were made
The Promised Seed who defeats the Serpent’s raid
He came as the Covenanter to save a people
Abram saw His day, Jacob saw him as an Angel
It’s Jesus on every page
With the blood of a lamb He painted His salvation
With an outstretched arm He defeated the Egyptian
Redemption, Relationship, Rules in that order
Dwelling with sinners, in the center, not the border
It’s Jesus on every page
He skillfully taught using visual theology
Levitical Priests offered sacrifice daily
No blood? No remission, no forgiveness of sin
But need more than sheep, for conscience has pain
It’s Jesus on every page
The Father chastised His people’s rebellion
The years numbered forty in the desert of Sin
Yet still sent His Son to be their faithful leader
Glory-cloud by day, by night a fiery pillar
It’s Jesus on every page
Moses chose Christ’s reproaches, and spoke of Him often
But his sinful bad temper barred him from Canaan
His last written work, Deuteronomy to author
Where He promised THE prophet, “one like me, but better”
It’s Jesus on every page
Y’shua called Joshua to conquer the land
He united the tribes into one mighty band
Much good was accomplished, Israel greatly blessed
But Y’shua gives better land, vict’ry and rest
It’s Jesus on every page
Jesus the Angel stopped Israel’s extinction
He saved, and saved through, Barak, Samson, and Gideon
Yet still each man did what in his eyes was right
Believers scanned the horizon, no good king in sight
It’s Jesus on every page
Hope dawns in four chapters of godly romance
God sends a redeemer, His kingdom to advance
God says of  a Gentile, “Ruth, you shall be mine!”
A Moabite? Yes, in the Messianic line
It’s Jesus on every page
Hannah predicts God’s Anointed, Messiah,
King David arises, “Is this our desire?”
He is the man after God’s own heart
Eternal king and kingdom now start?
It’s Jesus on every page
Yet, David, Solomon, and every successor
Sin and fall short in serious measure
Israel’s divided, then distant exile
Faith in Messiah faces Babylon trial
Is Jesus on any page?
Yet God is still faithful, He keeps covenant
Moves heathen king Cyrus, Israel to replant
Nehemiah and Ezra rebuild with great joy
God’s kingdom is coming, the devil to destroy
It’s Jesus on every page
But Satan’s still busy, Haman wants all Jews dead
Messiah’s line and purpose now hangs by a thread
Esther ventures by faith, her fate no one knows
It’s her time, not Haman’s, he’s on the gallows
It’s Jesus on every page
Job’s innocent suffering no fault of his
He’s sure precious gold is the end of all this
Not only a picture of a Redeemer to come
The Redeemer comes early and shows Job his home
It’s Jesus on every page.
We sing the Psalms to Him as God only wise
We sing the Psalms of Him using faith as our eyes
We sing the Psalms with him who sang them below
In times of rejoicing, and when the tears flow
It’s Jesus on every page
From Worship leader to Wisdom teacher
One greater than Solomon’s there and here
Although Madam Folly may call us to whoredom
In Jesus is hidden all knowledge and wisdom
It’s Jesus on every page.
The best life without Him is vanity of vanities
The worst life with Him is verity of verities
Education, possessions, cash, joy, toys, and friends,
But what will they profit, if no Christ at the end.
It’s Jesus on every page.
I am the bridegroom seeking a bride
A people to marry and love
To nourish and cherish right at my side
I can’t wait to come down from above
I’m Jesus on every page
I’m Wonderful, Counselor, the Prince of Peace
I’m butchered for sinners in atoning sacrifice
The Spirit’s upon me, good news for the meek
To set free the captives and strengthen the week
I’m Jesus on every page
Jeremiah predicts I’ll make covenant new,
A covenant effective, it’s something I’ll do,
I’ll be you prophet, your priest, and your king,
In grace I’ll forgive and forget all your sin.
I’m Jesus on every page
I’m calling the wicked, Turn why will you die
I’m the good shepherd who tells you to fly
I’m the new temple, God’s glory to share
I’m Jehovah Shammah, the Lord who is there
I’m Jesus on every page
Two kingdoms are warring to death in Daniel
The furious conflict is hot and hostile
But in visions, in furnace, and in lions’ den
Final victory’s mine, not devil’s or men.
I’m Jesus on every page.
Some of the prophets are smaller
Their message is often quite grim
But even there, jewels of Jesus are shining
They still speak clearly of Him
It’s Jesus on every page
In Hosea He allures the unfaithful
He promises His Spirit in Joel
Obadiah says He’ll conquer the malign
He uses useless Jonah as a sign
It’s Jesus on every page
In Amos, He roars like a lion
In Micah, He pardons all our sins
In Habakkuk, He gives hope in famine
In Zephaniah, He sees us and sings
It’s Jesus on every page.
Nations’ glories flow to Jesus in Haggai
Zechariah opens His fountain for sin
In Malachi John the Baptist gets a mention
Then 400 years of silence begin
Where’s the Jesus on every page?
Four centuries, no Jesus, no page
Dark, dismal, depressing the age
Then choirs of angels erupt in the skies
Christ Jesus is born, with real human eyes
Again, Jesus on every page
No more just predictions and pictures
No quick visits in mere human form
He’s come to be like us and be with us
Unleashing a devilish storm
They hate Jesus on every page
The Promised Seed bruised, but not beaten
Four Gospels record His great win
No longer pages dripping blood red
Conqueror’s gold is the color instead
We love Jesus on every page
  • http://rpmministries.org Bob Kellemen

    That was amazing, David. Even more amazing…how did you memorize all of that? Or, did you have a hidden tele-promoter that you borrowed from POTUS?

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Glad you liked it Bob. Yes, I memorized it, but it just about fried my brain!

  • Brandon

    An ESV!

  • Johanna Maartense

    That is amazing! And then to memorize it! Wow………..

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  • http://nimm-lies.de eddi

    Not only in the children minds ring the sentence “Jesus on every page” but also in mine – I hope for the rest of my life. I’m very impressed and will buy your book.

  • Marieke Ude

    Yes, the children still have “Jesus on every page” ring in their ears! Thanks for involving them in such a great way! (They are not “poor children” but rather very much enriched!)

  • http://www.se7en.org.za se7en

    Ok…That is incredible!!! Well done!!!

  • Alyssa

    This would sound awesome being rapped/hip-hopped by Shai Linne. Lyrical theology!

  • http://homeschoolonthecroft.blogspot.com/ Anne

    Oh, David … This is wonderful! Though privileged to be ‘born into’ teaching of Christ through every page of Scripture, yet there is so much about the books of the OT, their purpose and their meaning that I am clueless about.
    This is *worth* memorizing … Definitely worth printing and saving where I can see it every day.

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  • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

    Thanks for your encouragement, everyone! Maybe someone can do it for the New Testament?

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