Monday, March 10, 2008

The Cross - Christian poem

To focus on the cross itself
Will leave us filled with darkest gloom.
The power's not within the wood.
The power's in the one who died
And rose again to purge our sins,
Who's at the Father's own right hand
To intercede on our behalf;
The one who's coming back again
To judge the world and set things right.

And yet, without his bloody death,
We would not have this glorious life.
The cross, then, is a sign for us
Of death and life and life to come--
This not because of strength in wood.
No. It's because our sins died there.

But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
--Galatians 6:14, HCSB

He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross.
--Colossians 2:14, HCSB


Myra said...

I was saved when I was 19 years old. I am so thankful to God for making a way for all of us. Thank you for your poem.

CHARLAX said...

T Divine Sign
There shall no sign be given
To this wicked and evil generation
Except the sign of the son of man
The Cross the man made curse the cross
JEWS wanted a deliverer to MARCH into Jerusalem
And TAKE the government by FORCE
They would have followed JESUS son of man
if he had just carried himself a sword
and lopped off several heads instead
HE preached salvation in the HEAD.
He died He died He died
upon the TREE the wooden thing. The manufactured death.
The fruitless wood of gnarled design the image of the wine.
The Thing that’s saving me the cross
but just the fact that HE did die for me.
The Power of the blood the savior ON the thing
the Jesus of the GOD.
The Spirit that we love.
The man upon the wood the man upon the cross.
Jews seldom can say Jesus is the LORD?

Jim Swindle said...

Do we over-emphasize the cross? There are two answers.
First, we are saved not by the cross alone, but by Jesus Christ. The cross is of value only in that Jesus died upon it.
Second, it's OK to speak highly of the cross, since the apostle Paul did so in Galatians 6:14.
Here's the ESV of that verse:
"But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."

If we keep these two things in mind, I think we'll avoid the error of thinking magically about the cross and the opposite error of rejecting all who use the cross as a symbol of their salvation in Jesus.