Face to face, I see one hanging
On a cross beside my own!
Painfully I gaze upon Him
Grateful that I am not alone!
See His pain, although His features
Seem not overcome by shock,
Unlike mine it seems I am lying
Pinned beneath a chopping block!
I see peace, yes, serenity!
He looks my way, tries to smile.
Pain forgotten for the moment.
Smile or promise? Without guile!
I have seen smiles from whipping posts,
Sardonic, sadistic, and vile!
Cruel laughter from the crowd,
But His smile! It will last a while!
Other thief cries out in rage,
On the other side away
I rebuke him, turn to Jesus
“It is for us You die today!”
My plea to Him, “Remember me!
“When You to Your kingdom come!
“Save this wretched heart of mine!
“Forgive! Do not leave me here alone!”
His head drops down, gives me a smile;
“This day in paradise…with Me!”
I look up! Joy floods my soul!
Grace! Yes, joy! Through agony!
Sam Cox 3.04.05