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Topic: PUZZLE (05/28/20)
TITLE: The Missing Piece, and Finding Peace
By Betsy Markman
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Of a seed, a crushed head and a bruise
Point to hope for a world left reeling
By abuse of the right to choose?
What sense can we make of wombs barren,
As void as God’s promises seem?
How do sons, born when hope had perished
Point to One who would come to redeem?
What purpose could make God command it...
An unthinkable child sacrifice?
Then redeeming the son of promise...
Why did Yahweh himself pay the price?
Why do bulls and lambs go to slaughter,
All those rituals, those minute rules
If no one is ever made better?
No one changes, all men are still fools.
What’s this the prophets keep saying?
Holy judgment and great hope entwined!
We cannot obey his commandments,
So he'll give us a new heart and mind?
What means this four hundred year silence?
Divine prophecy withholds its breath.
Will God ever speak forth the Answer,
Send the One who can save us from death?
Who is he? This man of great wonders?
With authority speaking, he heals,
He rebukes the most learned scholars,
Brings to light the sin each heart conceals.
Who is he? This lover of children
Who forgives, even makes demons flee,
Who works through the Sabbath Day's resting…
Is this how Messiah should be?
They say that his parents weren’t married
Until after his life had begun.
If it's true, could that sinful union,
Be the source of the Long- Promised One?
Yet such power flows from his fingers,
The words of his mouth burn like fire,
He says of Yahweh, “He’s my father,”
And his miracles say he’s no liar.
How came he, of all men, to hang there?
He saved others, but self cannot save?
What means this great darkness at noonday,
And the dead walking out of the grave?
No one’s heart can grasp all these myst'ries
Till he kneels at the Lord's empty tomb,
Till he, by Christ's Spirit enlightened,
Trusts, repents, and is saved from sin's doom.
Just one man makes sense of the puzzle,
Only one makes the mystery plain.
Only Christ fulfills every promise
And can each hidden purpose explain.
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