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Topic: ODD (02/20/20)
- TITLE: It's Way Beyond Me!
By David Butler
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That Almighty God
Was born as a man and on man’s earth he trod.
That man’s flesh He wore. He worked with His hands.
It’s one of those things no one understands.
What could be stranger
Than birth in a manger?
A vulnerable child in a world full of danger?
He grew up to manhood and felt all our pain.
Tempted in everything, yet without stain.
Some think it weird
How that Man with the beard,
The outcast He loved, to kids was endeared,
Defying their culture, traditions of men.
The likes of Him never shall we see again.
And who would have thought
Of things that He taught?
That “the last shall be first” and the proud brought to nought;
Become as a child for the Kingdom to gain;
Save treasures in heaven or gather in vain.
And did it make sense
To give such offence
To Pharisees, Sadducees, powerful gents?
But truth He would speak without favour or fear
And it brings a new freedom to those who will hear.
It’s so unexpected
How Jesus detected
The needs of the people, and hope resurrected,
Miraculous healings, five thousand He fed,
He cast out those devils and raised up the dead.
It’s simply insane!
What had He to gain
From all those no-hopers He’d chosen to train?
He patiently taught them and filled them with grace,
Sending them forth to bring hope to our race.
How that Son of Mary
Could raise up poor Lazarus from his ceme-tary,
And to say “Resurrection, and True Life, I Am!”
And to die and to rise again, God’s Holy Lamb.
I’m scratching my head
That many He led,
They all turned away, crucified Him instead!
Why were they so fickle? What was their beef,
That they would so hate Him, and bring Him such grief?
It blows me away
That on that third day
He death and Hell conquered, and came back to say:
“All power is Mine, below and above
Go forth in My Name, proclaiming My love!”
I’m really surprised!
Those men, so despised,
Preached Christ with fire, were so energized.
Though Peter denied Him, the rest ran away,
They were so transformed on Pentecost Day.
I can’t understand it!
Though Romans they banned it
The Gospel flame spread. Persecution just fanned it!
And so it has been throughout history.
The power of the Gospel’s a great mystery.
It’s beyond comprehension
That since the ascension
The work of the Spirit rates barely a mention.
The world and the media won’t understand
So Jesus’ true message will often get banned!
I’m so gob-smacked
How God’s Word is attacked!
They’ll listen to garbage as though it’s a fact.
They say we’re from monkeys, they twist evidence,
Or shrug off the data that doesn’t make sense.
But can one conceive
That if we believe
And repent of our Sin, true Life we receive?
Now I aint no angel, but one thing I’ve found:
Through good and through bad, my God stuck around!
The biggest jaw-dropper?
A real heart-stopper:
It’s thanks to the Cross that I don’t come a cropper!
If not for Jesus – His grace so amazing,
I’d roast down in Hell with my hopes all a-blazing.
But why should I wonder?
These mysteries ponder?
The answers, one day, shall be given up yonder.
But meanwhile, we live with these great paradoxes
So let’s not keep God in our neat little boxes.
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