Wednesday, January 04, 2012

John the Baptist

From Blog12

Rough as a lumberjack,,
Pure as a child,
Braver than soldiers,
John came preaching.

He'd never been to church growth training,
Didn't stick to positive thinking,
Didn't wear fine clothes.
John came preaching.

He called people snakes.
He warned of wrath to come,
To fall on fruitless trees.
John came preaching.

Proclaiming hope,
Demanding repentance,
Demanding real fruit,
John came preaching.

With practical truth
And holy baptism
And power from God,
John came preaching.

Proclaiming the LORD's ways
And the LORD's promise
And the LORD's Messiah,
John came preaching.

...During the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
--Luke 3:2-3 ESV


dfish said...

Though it isn't very popular, only the Word of God has the power to change the hearts of men. We've spent far too much effort on making it popular and robbed it of it's power. John just preached it.

Jim Swindle said...

dfish, yes, the power's in the Lord's word and in his Spirit, not in our clever programs.

Laurie Kolp said...

A powerful poem with a strong message... I like the repitition of the last line in each stanza.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Yes, I agree with Laurie. This poem seems to be set to a chant-like melody, it is singable, I think. Bravo, kai axios!