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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Red (10/01/09)

TITLE: LIFEBLOOD
By vincent lyons
10/07/09


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There’s a red thread
Of blood shed
Because of Paradise lost;
Sin’s awful price
Meant sacrifice
From Eden to the Cross.

For Adam’s fall
Sentenced all
To death and separation,
But the red thread
Of blood shed
Promised God’s salvation.

Fig leaves won’t hide
The sin inside,
For God sees into the depths;
One takes our place—
Amazing grace!
Our atonement is by death.

Both firstborn men
Sacrificed to Him—
One only was accepted;
Abel had through blood
Made peace with God,
But Cain’s way was rejected.

The patriarchs
Knew no good works
Bridged the gap twixt God and man—
Shed blood alone
Could atone
“Life for life” they understand.

Moses is sent,
The Red Sea rent,
Israel’s born a nation;
God gives to man
Laws and commands—
The temple dispensation.

Blood flowing red
By High Priests shed
Points forward to the Saviour;
The lives of lambs
Of bulls and rams
Can’t change our vile behaviour.


But at the Cross’
For all of us
Who put our faith in Jesus,
His lifeblood shed
Gives life to dead,
Reborn in Him, God sees us.

Let us rejoice!
His sacrifice
Was foretold through the ages—
Red thread defined
Since Eden’s time
Is the theme of Scripture’s pages.


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Jan Ackerson 10/08/09
This is simply outstanding!

It'd be great set to music...something like Stuart Townshend does. Love it!
Sherrie Coronas10/09/09
Great poetry. A lot of effort, I'm sure, to find the perfect words without much elaboration. Nice choices.
c clemons10/09/09
I like the common thread but not a poem for the masses, to the unchurch it would be just a lot of rhyming words, I would have liked it to be more simplistic.
Lisa Johnson 10/15/09
Awesome...this is a very well thought out and well written entry. Congratulations on the second place win for this level.
Charla Diehl 10/21/09
Great work and skill are evidenced in this award winning entry--congratulations.