White-washed, pure background
And there He dangles with a prickly crown
The rugged, criminal’s cross of shame,
For the Creator, not one’s imagined picture of fame.
Jesus, the Son, agonized by unbearable pressure of every sin—
Dripping blood, victim of brutality, Lamb of God with tethered skin.
This time the envisioned Savior not surrounded by contemptuous crowds,
But as an onlooker I see solely a girl kneeling at the cross, head bowed.
Dark brown curls dangling to frame her face,
In comparison to others she may not appear to be a disgrace—
Though adventurous, a dare devil oozing spunk,
A lover of God, “good girl” by nature, her history lacking what others label “junk”.
But as this girl Sarah humbly looks to the Savior suspended above,
Her breath halts, eyes glisten at a new look upon this act of inexplicable love;
For in each nail drove into Christ, an etched word,
Clearly engraved, not a bit blurred.
One nail reads Sarah, one Lynn and the other Cope…
In her vanished all self-saving hope—
For every thought or act of pride, greed, lust, anger, and selfish plea,
Was another nail in Christ’s flesh on the tree.
A horrid genuine understanding these sins make her no purer than the prostitute,
And if no other person existed, her sin seals His death as still absolute.
Fresh tears pool in her olive-colored eyes, running downstream her face,
A life of a Pharisee, what a disgrace.
The Lord mouths the words “I love you” and her body shakes in sobs not borrowed,
Oh, the ache of Godly sorrow.
The response to this painfully beautiful scene,
Is to repent and ask to be washed clean.
With every committed sin I wonder if Christ experiences the sting again,
Let me never neglect to fix my eyes on the one who died for all men.
The Savior came down from His throne as perfect sacrifice,
So a sinner, that’s me, has the choice for eternal life.
A Sinner Set Free
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