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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Hussopos' Mission
By Jan Ross
08/22/06


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It is written there is “a time for every purpose under heaven”.* To some, their time may be but a fleeting moment in all of eternity, but to Hussopos time evades the boundaries of seasons allotted to man.

Springing forth with life, he was fashioned to touch man’s needs in a most unique way. From his first appearance in the garden of earth’s origin, Hussopos’ task was to grow strong for a purpose none other could fulfill.

Seasons of life faded like flowers of the field which flourished and were soon gone. However, Hussopos’ seed never failed, as if carefully guarded by cherubim reminiscent of those with flaming swords flashing back and forth guarding the gates of Eden.

Hussopos grew strong; his beauty surpassed that which the natural eyes could behold, standing out against the background of common. Nothing ordinary could fulfill his purpose. With handsome strength and fragrant splendor he was set apart, appointed and anointed to fulfill a purpose divine.

Arising from the depth of Egypt’s suffering, a voice reminiscent of the One Who called him forth from dry ground at the beginning of time spoke. “Gather My servant Hussopos. He shall bear My symbol of freedom.”

Hussopos drank deeply of the lamb’s sacrificial blood and brushed across the wooden doorposts led by chosen hands. Mesmerized by the wood wet with blood, whispered promises of deliverance stirred deep within him … merely a shadow of things to come. Humbly giving himself to the task set before him, Hussopos built an altar of remembrance in his heart. Although his mission has been memorialized by divine ordinance to all generations since that day, he knew his work was not yet complete.

Hussopos was not a medical doctor but his healing virtue was instrumental in purifying lepers. He was often associated with ceremonial cleansings. Wise King Solomon hailed Hussopos’ beauty and worth as his fragrance and loveliness stirred the senses.

All of Jerusalem resounded with a perpetual reminder of his work in ages past while offering a glimpse of a task yet undone.

“Crucify Him!”

Out of the midst of the unruly crowd, the echoes of angry men, cursing and demanding blood from the Innocent Lamb, reverberated throughout the City.

Excited with destiny flowing through his veins, Hussopos knew his time had arrived. His entire existence pointed to this day … a day like no other.

Hussopos watched with unbelief as they led His bloody battered form outside the gate.

How could men be so cruel?

Hussopos’ deep contemplation of what he witnessed was quickly interrupted. Powerful hands ripped him away from the security of the walls to which he clung. Angry fists clutched him and carried him off, heading toward Golgotha.

He gasped as he saw the Messiah he heard teach, the Healer who opened blind eyes … He was hanging from a tree against the landscape of time.

The wood wet with blood brought to his memory a time many years before when he applied blood to the doorposts, the Creator’s symbol of freedom. Hussopos remembered the Psalmist’s melodious prayer, “Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean”**.

But now, there was no need for cleansing, no need for purifying! Searching for answers he considered all he had witnessed throughout the years.

What is that? Have I been anointed with vinegar? WATER! Dip me in water and I’ll quench His thirst! Or, dip me in blood and I’ll set Him free!

Hussopos looked deep in the eyes of Love as he was lifted up to the Savior’s mouth. His sweet-smelling fragrance might have offered a moment of refreshing if it hadn’t been for the pungent smell of vinegar.

Ever so gently, Hussopos caressed the lips of the Spotless Lamb whose blood soaked the crude wooden cross. What an honor bestowed on this chosen one!

Drops of precious blood mingled with his moistened blooms as he was lowered away from the Beloved Sacrifice and carelessly discarded.

"It is finished!”

The Lamb’s words became his own as the precious blood continued to flow. There he lay at the foot of the cross … Hussopos knew his mission was complete.

Springing forth with life, he was fashioned to touch man’s needs in a most unique way. From his first appearance in the garden of earth’s origin, Hussopos grew strong for a purpose none other could fulfill.

To the Christian, Hussopos was the last to touch our Living Savior … to the Greeks he was merely hyssop.




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*Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
**Psalm 51:7 (KJV)


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Brenda Craig08/24/06
Hats off, for an absolutely wonderful view of "Cross" from a very unique perspective. You mixed the "Cross" with servanthood and destiny. As Christ laid down His life, Hussopos laid down his at Jesus feet. May we know and understand if hyssop had such a wonderful purpose, how much more do we. Embrace the cross.

My favorite lines, (as if I could pick)

Ever so gently, Hussopos caressed the lips of the Spotless Lamb whose blood soaked the crude wooden cross. What an honor bestowed on this chosen one!

Drops of precious blood mingled with his moistened blooms as he was lowered away from the Beloved Sacrifice and carelessly discarded.
Blessings Brenda


Lynda Schultz 08/26/06
What an unexpected twist! I was held until the end - simply had to find out what was going on. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 08/28/06
No other word for this one but ... awesome!
Trina Courtenay08/28/06
I love your way with words. I'm still spellbound. You got me from the moment I read your title. WOW!
Rita Garcia08/28/06
MASTERPIECE!! You really touched my soul with anointed picture of the cross! It's a wonderful story, a precious devotional woven with His love for mankind.
Joanne Sher 08/29/06
Wow wow WOW! This truly IS a masterpiece! You kept me at the edge of my seat through this entire piece. I don't know what else to say other than WOW WOW WOW!!
Jen Davis08/29/06
Captivating and mesmerizing from your first paragraph to the very end. Very well crafted. Great job!
william price08/29/06
Now this was worth finding, Jan. Excellent job. Way to look into the three dimensional "box" of the topic and take me/the reader, to place, a perspective, I never would have seen if not for you. Great story telling and writing to match. Very impressive!!!! This one is a keeper. God bless.
Lynda Lee Schab 08/30/06
OK, I can't even believe I'm admitting this, but I had to look up what hyssop was. LOL. Now that I know, I have to ask: how did you come up with such an out-of-the-box idea? My ignorance didn't deter me from the story - your writing captivated me throughout. Truly a wonderful, creative piece. Bravo!
Marty Wellington 08/30/06
I'm speechless . . . this is extraordinarily creative and inspiring. You're a master storyteller, Jan. Blessings on God's work within you!
Pat Guy 08/30/06
Wow Jan - this is awesome! What a read. It's one that gives the reader chill bumps all the way through. Perfect.
david grant08/30/06
Oh my! This gave me goosebumps and quickened by pulse. If I was giving out DAVEYs this week you would get a gold chia pet at the very least! How did you come up with the name Hussopo? Loved every line!

Ruth Neilson08/30/06
For the longest time throughout your piece, I was convinced that Hussopos was the Christ Messiah! Beautiful job of bringing a different perspective on the Cross!