Saturday, March 1, 2014

He Loved Us First

We all deserved less
Than the King’s very best,
The pitiful wretches we are.
But salvation prevailed
When mankind had failed
And turned from the Lord in their hearts.

His mercy was present
While suffering unpleasant
Was the will of the Father to save.
Though beaten and bruised,
As our Lord was accused,
Only forgiveness He gave.

He took up our blame
And the burden of shame.
His blood was enough to atone.
While the offerings for sin
Could not cleanse from within,
The cross was enough on its own.

Christ made intercession
And bore our transgression,
The object of public disgrace.
People did not esteem
Jesus, sent to redeem
But whipped Him and spat in His face.

The One they despised
Was their Savior disguised,
Dressed in the average attire.
He wore not a crown
And possessed no renown.
Why would such a King they desire?

Wounds were inflicted
On Jesus, convicted
With charges of false accusation.
But His love overpowered
Each sorrowful hour
Simply for human salvation.

We all should be grateful
While others were hateful
Of how He loved even the worst.
Holy and blameless,
His white garments stainless,
He loved every one of us first.

– C.V., 2-26-14

Scriptural basis: Isaiah 53

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Image credit:  The "I Love You" painting © 2012 is by Danny Hahlbohm, all rights reserved by the artist.

Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages seven through fifteen . The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness. Please also see America, Turn Back to God. I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."  Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

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