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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Unerring. Inevitable. Bloody. Unless . . .

Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry? (Luke 23:28-31)


They wept for Him, the women.
They anguished for their beloved hope.
Bruised.
Spat on.
Back sliced by whips.
 
 
Soldiers shoved the cross
across His shoulders,
and pushed him
toward the road
toward the hill.
 
 
Mocked by government,
jeered by religionists,
cursed by crowds,
he staggered forward.
Five. Ten. Twenty yards.
Then fell.
 
 
“Get up, Jew!” A soldier snarled.
Jesus pushed himself
to his feet
and pushed
another yard. Twenty. A few more.
And fell.
 
 
They ran to him, the women,
and wiped his face with their shawls.
Tears dropped
from their cheeks. 
 
 
“My daughters,” he said.
“Don’t weep for me, but for yourselves
and for your children.
For if they do this when the tree is green,
what will they do when it is dry?”
 
 
What will they do when it is dry?
 
 
The answer,
the same answer,
replays again
and again
when governments,
religionists
and crowds lock Him
from their markets,
courts and communities;


 History paints a ruthless picture,
an unerring,
inevitable,
bloody picture,
of a land,
of a people,
without Jesus.


Communism.
Fascism.
Nazism.
Socialism.


All
rooted,
clothed,
and nourished,
in atheism.
 
 
Unerring.
Inevitable.
Bloody.
 
 
Unless we humble ourselves,
pray,
seek His face,
and turn from our wicked ways.*
 
 
*2 Chronicles 7:14

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