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Cruel and unusual
by Christopher Bruce
03/14/13
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As I walked into town I heard screams and shouts; so I went toward the sound to see what it was about.
A man was being beaten by the soldiers of Rome; Each lash to His back tore flesh from His bone.

After the whipping I heard mocking and scorn; and saw a crown made for the victim out of razor-sharp thorns.
They pressed the 'crown' firmly down onto His head; as it ripped thru His skin, He just sat there and bled.

It was hard to keep watching, their actions were so violent; And when they finally finished they took Him back to Pilate.
The governor found no cause and requested His release; but the Jews screamed "crucify Him and set Barrabas free"

To avoid a rebellion, he did as they asked; but first he made a point to 'wash his hands' of this task.
They made Him carry His cross outside the city's gate; to a place called Golgotha where many had met their fate.

When they reached the top of the hill they continued the harm; They laid Him on the cross and made Him spread out His arms.
I watched in sorrow the horror of His travails; as they pierced His hands and feet with sharpened Roman nails;

With each swing of the hammer blood would come gushin'; I'd never seen this manner of unloving destruction.
They stood the cross upright, so now He was hangin'; I looked up frightened at the sight of Him danglin'.

So Bloody and mangled, badly beaten and bruised; the saddest thing I'd ever seen, and i was gettin confused.
What did He do? I wondered and as I began to ponder, I decided i would go ask this lady over yonder.

And as I came upon her, I saw that she was cryin', so quietly I asked, 'M'am who is this man dyin'?
She looked up at me and wiped away her tears; and what she said next I never thought I'd hear.

"That man's name is Jesus" she said, "and we're from Nazareth"; "He's the one who healed diseases and even raised up Lazarus"
"He taught us how to live and He taught us how to love; He taught us all to give and to never hold a grudge"

"And they're not taking His life, His life He's freely given"; which explained why I heard Him say "Father, forgive 'em".
She said "this might sound odd yet I hope you believe"; "This is Christ, the Son of God, and He was born unto me"

I was stunned. Was it God's Son who was hung and diminished?; Then with the last breath in His lungs He said "It is finished";
His life passed away as I stood by silently; 'Til the ground started to shake; an earthquake came violently.

It tore thru the temple and ripped through the veil; and as the sky became dark my heart became frail.
It was then I realized everything she said was true, about this 'man' on the cross labeled "king of the jews".

I fell to my knees but I felt no more fear; even as a soldier reached up and stuck Him with a spear.
But what I saw next left me the most amazed; the lady smiled and said "don't worry, He'll be back in three days."

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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