THE ONLY SINLESS ONE

I was far from God, myself, but He always stayed close to me.

I know it now but way back then it just did not seem to be.

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Though I often wondered why men around me dropped like flies

While each and every skirmish found me fit.  Sure, I wondered why!

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Close calls many, many and often enough so I could see,

Now I see it so much later that God had His Hand on me!

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But the others, way too many, killed or wounded, did God care?

Screaming, dying!  But crucifixion!  Now just ask me, did He share?

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Yes, He suffered, agonizing!  Cannot you sense the pain He bore?

Writhing!  Yes, a slow death, dying!  Look, now see the nails that tore!

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Crown of thorns they pressed down on Him, hid His face with bloody gore!

Mary, weeping, cries out weakly in her anguish, “Please, no more!”

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Jesus, gasping, joins together, “Mother, Son,” they loved the most!

Then as if to cease her torture breathes His last, gave up the ghost!

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For me!  Yes, for me He suffered!  Must I share His agony?

To a bloody pulp they lashed Him.  Then they hung Him on that tree!

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Lost a lot of weight in combat, suffered some, but you do, too!

Cannot compare with His grim anguish which He bore for me and you.

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Sure we think we suffer torment for our own sins!  Yes, it is true!

But sinless, He, our tortured Savior, what He suffered very few—

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Could ever experience!  For such love we cannot know.

Unless we, for sins of others, willingly to our death go.

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He alone is sinless!  He alone could qualify!

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S H Cox 11.148.05

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