Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Message of the Cross

With only one day left before Holy Thursday, the local news on TV today flashes people's travel preparations and plans in going to the provinces, churches and and other private and solemn places where they could celebrate the Lenten Season. This perfectly reminds me of a poem I wrote in 2002... a silent personal soliloquy of grief for the utter deceitfulness of sin even before a man is born into this world. It embodies the sentiments of the Psalmist David as he acknowledges God's redeeming and renewing power through the Cross of Calvary where Christ shed His precious blood.
My original poem superimposed on a Cross photo taken from FreeFoto.com
I am also reminded of text messages sent by a friend a few years back that tell about the significance of Christ's death.

"What's good about GOOD FRIDAY? 
Well, there'd be no CROWN-WEARERS in heaven 
had CHRIST not  been the CROSS-BEARER on earth!"

"Our faith can never have meaning even if we have CHRISTMAS. 
It only makes sense because of the EMPTY TOMB!"

Shouldn't we be rejoicing then, at the reality of this miracle? --- the redemptive power of His death and  resurrection! For "if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our ... faith is also empty. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then ... your faith is also empty..."  (1 Cor 15: 13-17)

Have a blessed Lenten celebration and happy Easter, everyone!

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