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The Rich Man's Grave
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In a rich man’s grave, most tenderly laid low
In a hollowed out cave, reserved for the venerable
Aloe and myrrh and fine linen enwrapped The Broken One
Forsaken in bitterest grief, Yeshua of Nazareth was gone
As Jerusalem skies shed silent tears like their own
Sad men wept quietly at the loss of deliverance’s crown
For the ‘King of the Jews’ as the Romans had mocked
Had breathed his last breath and trodden the final road.
This grave, this final resting place was no mistake
Joseph of Arimathea, a scholar of the Sanhedrin spoke
For although he belonged to a group who had scorned
He recalled a simple story Yeshua had once revealed.
About a poor man Lazarus begging at the door of the wealthy
Dying with crumbs in hand the beggar found peace and rest
Then at Abraham’s side he gazed across a chasm dark and deep
And in a far off fiery place he heard the rich man in torment weep.
Go and warn my brothers! Make them change their ways!
But as Yeshua had told the story, a certain rich man had trembled
For Joseph of Arimathea saw himself in the Master’s words
And vanity, wealth, and fame, were his prized and trusted idols.
From that sacrosanct second Joseph’s life chased after truth
And laying Yeshua’s body in his own ostentatious tomb his voice broke
‘One more worthy than I has taken my place in this grave forlorn’
Unaware he suddenly spoke of God’s redemptive power being born.
Copyright 2011 S. Michaels 5wise.wordpress.com
Based on Isaiah 53, Luke 16: 19-31 and John 19:38-42
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05 Mar 2011
Wow, this is powerful! I LOVE your last stanza! Thank you for sharing this.
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