To cleanse corruption
Is a science—soft
For the wise and noble.
To corrupt the clean
Is a game—hard
For the ignorant and ignoble.
I step across a line unknown
And find your deepest fears fulfilled
In this land of questions stilled
I bring an answer yet unshown
The line I cross was drawn at Fall
And holds unmoved by passing time
A stronger mix than sand and lime
Arranged by death in tempter’s crawl
I leave a path of softest green
And cross into a darker realm
A ship with evil-driven helm
A land where sin has lost its sheen
From farthest east, to west, then back
This haunted line the earth encircles
And to each wand’rer deftly calls
To those who greater wisdom lack
But I, in turn, cross not as fool
I hasten here by noblest means
To show the world that justice leans
Toward the just, against the cruel
Some call me Love, some call me God
I AM WHO I AM, and I’ve been sent
To free the dead who shall repent
To grant true faith by grace-filled nod
For further meditation:
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. II Corinthians 5:21
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. I John 4:9-11
Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. I Peter 3:18
Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. John 17:1-5
“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. Luke 22:42-44
Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the [w]ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:45-46
He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. Luke 23:44-46
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.” (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) Ephesians 4:7-10
The tempter tells us we are kings,
Then rules us with his lies.
The tempter tells us he is right,
But contradicts the wise.
The tempter hides to rape our hearts,
Where no one hears our cries.
The tempter knows our weakest points,
Sin’s drippings tantalize.
The tempter pays the prostitutes,
Who dance before our eyes.
The tempter sings those wooing songs,
That bid us fantasize.
The tempter dictates tales we love,
The books that each one buys.
The tempter’s cages trap our minds,
He hoards his growing prize.
The tempter flaunts our broken past,
Like rot attracting flies.
The tempter loves to reminisce,
To tighten shameful ties.
The tempter rushes us toward death,
To meet our long demise.
The tempter will ensure our pain,
And end will not arise.
The tempter only fears one man,
The One who made the skies.
The tempter cannot trample Him,
But through our sin he tries.
The tempter will one day see Hell,
And with him each that dies.
Oh tempted one, your hope for life,
Is Christ in Whom we rise.
Oh tempted one, depart from sin,
Repent as I apprise!
Oh tempted one, come find with me,
A strength to exercise.
Oh tempted one, we can say “No,”
Despite temptations’ size.
The tempter must submit to God,
And unveil sin’s disguise.
Oh tempted ones, let us be strong,
The tempter to despise.
The tempter’s forces won’t withstand,
The chant of truth’s reprise.
From tempted ones to warriors strong,
The dying world advise.
The tempter’s strength grows weaker;
Darkness falls when light defies.