Posts Tagged ‘lent’

1 Peter 2:19-25

It is a sign of grace
If you suffer while doing right
But if you suffer while doing wrong
There’s no reason for you to fight

We don’t do what’s asked of us
In order to pay Caesar’s price
We walk forward humbly in Love
To reveal the Love of Christ

We don’t shake our fist and declare
“Jesus sets us free!
From following laws of men and so
We can live disobediently!”

But if, when showing love
Or offering unmerited grace
We find ourselves being cast aside
Or even just losing face

We look to our example
Christ – who did no wrong
Even though loving others
Put Him in chains He didn’t belong

He endured through suffering
Without demanding His rights
He trusted realities we couldn’t see
When others called Him to fight

By His wounds we have been healed
We, sheep who’d gone astray
So instead of asking “how can I be free?”
We’d ask “how can I Love?” today.

Matthew 27:57–66

When someone dies before their time
Not a single person is ready
We allow anyone to offer help
For their hands can be more steady

A disciple from the fringes?
A rich man just converted?
Joseph of Arimathea came
When he had been alerted.

He helped to wrap the body
As all creation watched and mourned
The heaviest of weight in grief
In their stomachs continued to form

Yet even as their tears were moist
Rome was staying in the loop
The Pharisees has warned them
Of deception possible by His group

The worst thing that could happen
Would be to let them pretend He rose
And so the tomb was well guarded
By His enemies and foes.

The heavy stone was rolled in place
And guards stood just nearby
The women slowly walked away
As all the cosmos sighed.

I wonder if creation could
Feel something New was brewing?
Or if even the birds and fish
Had no idea what the creator was doing…

John 18:1-19:42

It was in the garden
Where humanity disobeyed
And it would be a garden
Where Jesus was betrayed

Judas came with soldiers
Armed with knife and sword
To come and arrest Jesus
Our calm and loving Lord

He admonished Peter quickly
To put his sword away
And healed his wounded captor
Though this didn’t cause delay

They took him before Annas
And Caiaphas the high priest
Who’d said it was better for one to die
As an offering of peace

They wanted to kill Jesus
A threat to balances of power
But they needed a valid reason
And all their arguments turned sour

They took Jesus to Pilate
Who asked what He had done
They said Jesus deserved to die
But they could not be the ones

Only Rome had authority
To wield the tool of death
But Pilate found no reason
To take Jesus’ final breath

He had him flogged and bleeding
But this didn’t please the crowds
Jesus was their sacrifice to Rome
And so they shouted loud

“Crucify him, Rome is our King!”
And He, to die was sent
The most humbling death imaginable
Forgiving as He went…

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