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

TITLE: Suspended
By Brenda Kern
08/23/06


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From His viewpoint in heaven He watched.

This was the day, both terrible and wonderful. The gap would be closed, but at a cost.

His precious Son had taken on the responsibility, and had begun at the logical beginning, becoming like them.

He grew up and learned about men, becoming a man Himself.

When the time had come, He chose disciples and began His brief interval of sharing the news, letting the world know that sin had separated man from God.

They were surprised, believing that they upheld the law, and regularly sacrificed animals for their atonement--wasn't that enough? And what was this claim of His, that He was the 'Son of Man' AND the Son of God? Wasn't that blasphemy?

The clash was inevitable, the result predictable, at least from the viewpoint of mankind. He threatened their system, their position, everything. He had to be eliminated.

But God knew the mix of divinity and humanity in His son, and knew that even for Him nothing was a given. He would have to offer Himself up; He'd have to submit His will and become the new sacrifice, bearing the consequences of sin.

So, everything had hung in the balance just hours ago, as Jesus knelt, and bowed, and prayed, pouring His heart out to His God, His Father. He yielded, and even in the garden began shouldering a weight much heavier than the physical wood of the cross would ever be.

And through the night and morning, through trial after trial and then His flogging, He let the plan unfold.

Finally, condemnation.

A part of the cross, the instrument of His execution, was placed on His bleeding back, and He took it. He was bowed down with the knowledge, bent over with the burden, but carried on.

Nails pierced Him, and He allowed them.

He was lifted up and pain engulfed Him, but He did not reject it.

Every movement and every moment was prophecy fulfilled.

God watched the unwatchable, and observed as His son bore the unbearable.

The last shout left His lips and He died. That day, both terrible and wonderful, finally ended.

Soon after, an entirely new day dawned.

Jesus had risen, and death had been defeated.

The news spread, along with God's message.

Jesus was lifted up on a cross so mankind could be lifted from their sin.

The horizontal positioning of the crossbar underscored how Jesus was suspended in space, above the earth but still a member of humanity, below the heavens but still divine.

He was suspended in time, as well, as the earth went dark and a division slashed itself through history. No longer was animal sacrifice necessary, because of the once-for-all sacrifice of the Lamb.

The vertical piece of the cross pointed the way, while also supporting the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

His arms were spread wide, so we could see His love.

Will we see it? Will we lift our eyes up to Him and find forgiveness?

From His viewpoint in heaven, God still watches and waits, even today.


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Jan Ackerson 08/25/06
I like the notion of being suspended in time as well as in space. Never thought of it that way before. Compelling writing, should be used in a Good Friday service.
Bonnie Derksen08/25/06
Very well written. I find my heart filled with thanksgiving for the gift Jesus has given me. Thanks for the fresh insight. Very thought-provoking.
Phyllis Inniss 08/28/06
How creative the Creator lets us be. Your presentation is certainly a different way of looking at this mysterious portion of history that transcends and has a powerful impact on our lives here and now. Thanks for sharing.
Beth Muehlhausen08/28/06
Interesting way to add "punch" by separating lines into individual paragraphs.

I liked some of the main verbs in this section:

pierced
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lifted
engulfed
watched
observed
bore
left
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dawned
spread
lifted up
underscored
suspended
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see
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T. F. Chezum08/28/06
I like the unique viewpoint and the symbolism of the horizontal and vertical pieces of the cross. Great job.
Joanne Sher 08/30/06
I felt a connection with Christ here that I don't believe I had ever felt before. This is wonderful writing - thank you for giving me a new view of my Savior!
Venice Kichura08/30/06
Powerful writing & great job in creativity!
Tabiatha Tallent08/31/06
Powerful writing. A great piece to read at the beginning of my day to remember what Jesus did for me. Thank you.
Brenda Kern 09/02/06
Testing 9-2-06