Drawing so much trouble wading through rubble
striving to find myself within the grist of a melting pot
Strumming to hum a lyric to resonate reason
cold comfort the comfort it’s only a season
shivering yearning within winters deep breath
longing for a sonnet or– a warmer death
Drawing so much trouble redeeming the rebel
striving to reveal amidst grit to the melting pot
Strumming a sonnet that resonates reason
soul- comfort the fact this life a season
while shivers quiver with mind-numbing fear
within the reminder– greater than is here
Because the Son of Man died a sinless death
humanity rises out of ashes victorious
Covenant sealed and delivered and signed
in the innocent Purple Blood of perfected love
never to fade into the distance or the
dissonance of mere notoriety
Know Jesus lived to die and in dying
He lived eternally connected never
to fade so that in the dying we live
richer than rich even if poor
eternally connected never to fade
into the eon bowels of great mystery
or the annals of forgotten history
what more love could He now offer
what more life could Deity give?
For people who are stumbling toward ruin, the message of the cross is nothing but a tall tale for fools by a fool. But for those of us who are already experiencing the reality of being rescued and made right, it is nothing short of God’s power. This is why the Scripture says:
I will put an end to the wisdom of the so-called wise, and I will invalidate the insight of your so-called experts. So now, where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the skilled debater, the best of your time? Step up, if you dare. Hasn’t God made fools out of those who count on the wisdom of this rebellious, broken world? For in God’s deep wisdom, He made it so that the world could not even begin to comprehend Him through its own style of wisdom; in fact, God took immense pleasure in rescuing people of faith through the foolishness of the message we preach. It seems the Jews are always asking for signs and the Greeks are always on the prowl for wisdom. But we tell a different story. We proclaim a crucified Jesus, God’s Anointed. For Jews this is scandalous, for outsiders this is moronic, but for those of us living out God’s call—regardless of our Jewish or Greek heritage—we know the Anointed embodies God’s dynamic power and God’s deep wisdom. You can count on this: God’s foolishness will always be wiser than mere human wisdom, and God’s weakness will always be stronger than mere human strength.
The cross challenges human values because no one expects to find freedom through capital punishment. Unlike most of the thousands who faced crucifixion before and after Jesus, He was clearly not a criminal. God uses this contradiction to reveal His power and wisdom: Jesus has offered Himself to death and has been raised to life to bring liberation to others. Those who truly follow this crucified King do not seek power and authority through the normal patterns of the world; they offer themselves in loving sacrifice for others. That is where God’s transforming power is truly revealed in the church.
Look carefully at your call, brothers and sisters. By human standards, not many of you are deemed to be wise. Not many are considered powerful. Not many of you come from royalty, right? But celebrate this: God selected the world’s foolish to bring shame upon those who think they are wise; likewise, He selected the world’s weak to bring disgrace upon those who think they are strong. God selected the common and the castoff, whatever lacks status, so He could invalidate the claims of those who think those things are significant. So it makes no sense for any person to boast in God’s presence. Instead, credit God with your new situation: you are united with Jesus the Anointed. He is God’s wisdom for us and more. He is our righteousness and holiness and redemption. As the Scripture says: “If someone wants to boast, he should boast in the Lord.” –1 Corinthians 1:18-31 The Voice
Bless His Holy Name! Much love and encouragement on the journey, friends.
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