For God so loved

The angel who vied, once cast aside,
now turned snide snake, the tempter tried
to appeal to pride and to divide
the man and the woman from his side
from God in Whom they’d been satisfied

The fruit plied, they decide
Innocence died; their hopes subside
Open-eyed and mortified,
no more to abide by God’s side,
naked and afraid, they hide

Banished from Eden to the eastern side,
wishing they could undo their suicide,
turn the tide on their prolicide —
always with evil now allied,
as they realise what the fruit signified

Years went by while the Law applied;
still God’s people would backslide
Though priests preside and prophets chide,
they never could stay justified;
their sacrifices never satisfied

As God had promised, He did provide:
the Messiah, born in the countryside,
born in a stable — no room inside —
in Bethlehem, Judea — which was occupied —
while shepherds and Magi were notified

John the Baptist testified,
and baptised Jesus at the riverside
as the Father and Spirit ratified
that with Him they were satisfied,
and in Him God was glorified

The Jews’ expectations were belied
by this carpenter teaching on the mountainside
how God had now come to reside
with His people, with His Bride —
how man and God would again abide

Some Jews were jealous and decried
Jesus’ palm-paved donkey ride
to Jerusalem’s walls, where He cried
They began to plan the deicide,
and for thirty silver pieces, Judas complied

They brought Him bound and tied, inside,
where they had Him unjustly tried
They pronounced the curse, had Him crucified,
and as He hung there, bled and died,
He cried out, “It is done,” and sighed

Christ, with our sins identified, died:
God’s righteous wrath was satisfied
And as He died, the curtains divide,
and because He rose and was glorified,
He says that we are justified:
the bonds of sin and death untied,
God and man once more abide;
and man has no more need to hide
He sends a comforter, a guide —
the Holy Spirit, to dwell inside —
to help us to be sanctified,
and to fit us for His Bride.

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3 Responses to For God so loved

  1. marcus says:

    i changed the last line of this today, though i’ve been mulling over the change for some time. It used to read “and to help us to decide”. Of course, this was also true — without the Holy Spirit’s moving we are incapable of deciding to follow Christ — but i prefer the new reading with its eschatological perspective.

  2. Nils says:

    Wow marcus, that’s excellent. Some really moving turns of phrase and a deep grasp of salvation history. Has that been a while in the making? Or the product of one inspired late night?

  3. marcus says:

    Thank you for the encouragement, Nils! i wrote it back in 2006; i think most of it was written in one afternoon, and then i let it percolate a few days before i finalised it.

    i’ve become more and more convinced of the usefulness of a Bible overview and the importance of Biblical theology.

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