Because of Calvary

The crimson flow,
the life leaked out to death;

in final breath
he gasped his work was now completed,
satanic scheme had been defeated,
salvation pure procured,
secured,
for all who will receive,
believe,
repent:
content –
more white than snow
my guilty stain has be removed,
I know.

“I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! …

Who’d put their hope in a dead man?
in disappointment, fear they ran.
– But now, he lives! they’re full of joy,
they boldly speak, though threatened by
those who their bodies can destroy.

They know like Christ they will arise
– good news they gladly share
(though some will scorn and some despise):
his Resurrection they declare!

His life had always held surprise
of miracles, words kind and wise,
fulfilment of the prophecies –
view God, as Man, from death arise!

And so we know he’d fully paid
the price for pardon that was laid
upon the Son, – he has returned
to show that gift by us unearned
is his to give, – he lives for ever,
his grace and rule no-one can sever!

… And I hold the keys of death and Hades!” (Revelation 1:18)

Why ‘Good’ Friday?

The Romans chose
excruciating crucifixion,
to frighten into subjugation,
deter attempts at revolution.

No death of ease,
so why should it be ‘good’?
– he paid the debt,
the wage of much transgression,
signs the release,
– eternal life for all who so desire, acquire,
and ‘It is finished’ cries in joyful celebration.

A foretold gamble

An idle gamble, careless toss,
while Christ was pierced upon the cross:
these both were long ago foretold
by God, by whom all is controlled.

Though not yet ending, by his breath
all evil, malice, pain and death,
the miracles and resurrection of his Son
encourge (warn) — those bitter things will soon be gone.

‘This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said ot one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happend that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”’ John 19:23,24  and Psalm 22 esp. v.18

The most important world events

Many philosophies, only one
where God himself stepped into history;
many killings, but only one
immortal person died, a mystery;
many injustices, but only One
sinless, suffered crucifixion,
many claims but only One
foretold, displayed his resurrection.
Only one such momentous sequence –
events that brought to millions
far-reaching consequence,
eternal relevance.

2 crucified criminals, divided

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise. Luke 23:39-43

They feared death,
and suffered pain,
– the worst on earth;
but see the gain
when one awakes
to see at last
that Christ is good,
and his own past
acknowledged bad –
deserving judgement
worse than this present
crucifixion;
but Christ is King,
– he turned to Him
to ask for grace
in humble prayer,
and heard he’d share
a glorious kingdom,
for all forgiven!

Where is Christ?

Not on the cross,
Not in the ground, –
Alive!
his powerful help, compassion
can be found.
He knows your heartache:
ask for what you need,
without self-righteousness,
or selfish greed;
he understands what we don’t see,
his mercy, comfort
and support are free.

Barabbas

What a contrast with Barabbas –
righteous Jesus would succeed;
Would Barabbas soon consider
Jesus’ death meant he was freed?

Freed from what? From Roman justice, –
for a second chance, but I
now am free of God’s just judgement:
in my place Christ chose to die.

Pilate and the crowd chose badly;
we can choose to compromise,
or neglect, – or give allegiance,
and enjoy Christ’s rich supplies.

Resurrection!

I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning … so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. Luke 1:1,4  and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. Acts 1:3
The soldiers checked that he was really dead,
secured the tomb with stone, and seal, and guard;  (Mtt.27:65,66)
the tomb was empty (undisputed), none
discovered where the body could have gone.

His friends were sad, confused when Jesus died,
transformed with courage when they testified
that they had seen him eat, his voice they’d heard,
and once, five hundred met the risen Word.
These men and women, simple, and respected
could not deny the facts, though persecuted.

No smooth, invented tale schemers devised;
– reports that tumbled out from those surprised,
– authentic tone; and Luke with care compiled,
convincing proofs on which we have relied,
and know his Spirit coming to subdue
our stubborness, give life and love anew.

Why did he die?

Some die to save their friends,
or in attempt some evil tide to turn.
The Saviour knew no other death could make amends
for my neglect and folly, disobedience time and time again.
He knew though that his death would pay the debt,
and recreate, empower with new desire.
He rose to live and lead us in his Way,
and by his Spirit strengthen, holiness inspire.