THAT UGLY CROSS

Malefactor doomed in the eyes of civilized citizenry.

Thief, killer, outlaw, crucified on a rough hewn cross tree!

A Roman cross, oh yes, I did it!  I am guilty as accused!

Why did I?  Oh agony, it hurts!  Please let me die and be free!

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What is this another cross, another killer?  So quiet now!

What is that, His bloody face?  A circle of thorns on His brow?

Those eyes they look at me as if to say, “Yes, so full of sin!”

No!  This cannot be!  Those sad eyes cry out, “I cannot sin allow!”

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“My sin You mean?”  “Yes, and all the sins of the sinful world.”

The Christ?  Come down, a third cross, like, ugly serpent curled.

I cried out in rage, “Oh, stupid one!  This man is innocent!”

The Christ?  The Christ!  A wild burst of colors, like, banners unfurled!

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I see it all now!  Please remember me!  Guilty though I be!

My sins are on Him laid, the sinless One, He dies now for me!

“Remember me (one for whom You die) when You come.”

Through blood He smiles and nods, “This day…”  Oh bliss!  I am forever free!

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(This poem may not be beautiful but neither is the cross!

The thief’s only baptism was a baptism of pain, to stretch a point,

but God saved him anyhow!  Hallelujah!)

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Oh how marvelous, oh how wonderful and my song shall ever be.

Oh now marvelous, oh how wonderful is my Saviors love for me!

A hymn by Charles H. Gabriel composed in 1800’s.

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Sam Cox 03.18.03

Just another thief saved by Grace

THE THREE ARE ONE

Why did Jesus die on that cross?

Submitting willingly?

Sins penalty is what He took!

Claimed it for you and me!

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Died that we need not die in our sins!

Projected!  Ever our time began.

He died for me and you sinner friend,

Sure, myself a sinner I am!

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We live our lives in a sinful world

And the Holy Spirit cries!

The pride of life cannot help myself!

“Wages of sin…” I must die!

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The Spirit woes but we disobey.

He pleads, “Do not do it!”  We do!

Holy Spirit as a Gentle Dove

With triune Godhead it is true!

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One God, of course, the Trinity

God the Father, in love

Came down, the Son, to propitiate

Spirit, the gentlest Dove. (*)

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To recap, baptism of Jesus

Spirit, symbol, a dove

Descended, baptism complete.

God smiles Spirit, His Love!

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“God, in three persons,” threesome descend

In God the Son, He who died for us.

God the Holy Spirit in baptism

All One in Christ Jesus!

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God the Father, God the Son, and

God the Holy Spirit

It is the Triune God, each One in One!

One God!  Simply accept it!

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We accept Christ by faith,

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

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(*)  Matthew 3:16

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Sam Cox 06.15.10

ALL I CAN DO

I must share what He has done for me

Whenever I look toward Calvary.

Know what He has done there for free!

I surely know!

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Thinking, “What can wash away my sin?”

I realize it is the cleansing within.

Jesus!  Only makes me clean!

His cleansing flow!

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Surely His blood purifies,

Magical?  Not just that He dies!

Supernatural the ties,

Christ’s blood to bestow!

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It was a Lamb slain in days long ago.

Sacrifice for sins!  God told them so.

Representing Christ’s blood flow

Cleansing from sin!

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Without the shedding of Jesus’ pure blood

There could be shown no transmission of love!

Wherefore, then, that pure white Dove?

Jesus’ baptism low!

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So where am I now?  Communication cannot do.

I am old near deaf hardly tie a shoe!

Whole lot of stuff I cannot do!

Of course, I know!

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Can write sure, can transliterate

A smattering; Greek, Hebrew, Asian, Indian my fate

Typing my thoughts cohabitate.

Is silly a sin?

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Then I am a sad sinner but saved by Grace!

But this know, someday see His face!

How can any such a future trace?

That heavenly place!

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Sam Cox 05.27.10