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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christian Baptism (10/18/07)

TITLE: Sentenced to Die
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10/18/07


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Thoughts of a Condemned Criminal in the Final Hours Before Death

Apprehended. I welcomed my capture. I was tired of running, of hiding.
My trial was swift and sure. I confessed my deeds, begged for forgiveness. My sentence was just and merciful. The punishment: death.

I hung my head, but before I was led away, I heard a voice speak with authority, “Remove the shackles. Set this one free.”

I looked with wonder at the One who had come to my defense, the very One against whom I had committed crimes, worthy of His condemnation. Falling at His feet, I vowed my eternal devotion.

Others must know
What He has done for me
They must see
Repentance
Humility
Submission

Wading
Wading…I demonstrate my commitment

I must die
To all that I was
Enemy of God
Estranged
Sinful
Rebellious

Down
Down…I identify with His death

The silky feel of water
Touches my soul
Slides over my skin
Cleansing
Healing
Restoring

Sinking
Sinking…I surrender to His will

Death to self
Lying in a watery grave
Covered by the purity of love
Lifeless
Nameless
Deceased

Silence
Silence…I am no more

Buried with Him
My past is covered
My shame fades
Renewed
Redeemed
Justified

Rising
Rising…I leave the darkness behind

I am lifted
From the pool of death
To newness of life
Breathing
Tearful
Thankful

Praising
Praising…I am received into fellowship

I stand and lift my hands, watch the water carry my former life downstream and out into the depths of forgiveness. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus now; the old has passed away. His love claimed me. His blood paid the price for my sins. The power of His resurrection drew me from the jaws of death.

Alive
Alive…I am His


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Verna Cole Mitchell 10/25/07
You have captured the meaning of baptism beautifully. Your writing makes my heart rejoice.
Joanne Sher 10/25/07
Wonderfully descriptive. Masterfully done!
Charla Diehl 10/25/07
My Bible study last night focused on baptism. You summed it up beautifully and poetically. Liked the visual images.
Anothervoice Sunstar10/26/07
Love the title. :) Beautifully written.
william price10/26/07
Very good. The lead-in got my attention and your poem ministered your point. Excellent job. God bless.
Dixie Phillips 10/27/07
What a masterpiece! Excellent in doctrine and beautiful in spirit.
Betty Castleberry10/27/07
Lovely and full of meaning. Very well done.
LauraLee Shaw10/29/07
The flow, the meaning & the choice of words is perfect on this. Inspiring piece.
Kristen Hester10/29/07
This is beautifully written. Well done.
Daniel Amewuga10/30/07
great piece. Very creative and captivating style. keep it up, master. I personally like the dramatic flow in the piece.