Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:16,17).

“For unto us a child is born...And His name will be called...Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6, NKJV).

“But God shows His love for us in that while we were all sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8, ESV).

“He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him” (John 1:11, ESV).

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the punishment that made us whole, and by His bruises we are healed” (Isa 53:5).

“They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on His head. They put a reed in His right hand and knelt before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. After mocking Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him” (Matt 27:28-31).

“...Jesus cried out with a loud voice...‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ ” (Matt 27:46, ESV).

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do’ ” (Luke 23:34, ESV).

“And plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him” (Matt 26:4, NKJV).

“...Then all the disciples left Him [Christ] and fled” (Matt 26:56, ESV).

“And again he [Peter] denied it with an oath: ‘I do not know the Man’ ” (Matt 26:72, ESV).

“And from that moment on he  [Judas] sought an opportunity to betray Him  [Christ]” (Matt 26:16, ESV).

“Then He [Christ] said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death...’ ” (Matt 26:38, ESV).

“He [Christ] was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake” (1 Peter 1:20).

“Verily, verily, I [Christ] say unto you, Whatsoever ye ask the Father in My name, He [the Father] will give it to you [if it's in accordance with His will (1 John 5:14; James 4:15)]” (John 16:23, KJV).

That's How Much

You’re saying that God doesn’t love you, and perhaps you think that He couldn’t,
And I guess it’s just so easy for some people to say that you shouldn’t.
However, in your mind, friend, such thoughts and feelings are indeed very real,
And hence why what we need to try and do here is, God’s love for you reveal.

Firstly, consider how Christ, (who is the Father’s treasured and only Son),
Left His Father’s loving presence to be with those who this Saviour would shun.
Yes, think of how this Prince of Peace left His heavenly paradise behind,
And for many years upon this earth, joined in humanity’s daily grind.

Now consider how our Creator came to serve those that He'd created,
And how He whilst here upon this earth, had to face that which Him awaited.
Think of how Jesus was betrayed, even deserted by His very own,
And how one denied that he knew Him, and how He thus faced His Trial alone.

Think of all that our Saviour endured while here, the cruel jeering and mocking,
And those assaults upon His body, and yes, that death so cruel and shocking.
And how He even thought that His own Father had forsaken Him as well,
And how some who He had come to save, wickedly conspired to do Him ill.

Now consider such an amazing love that willingly this dreadful price paid,
And how this One who's so deserving of homage, such sacrifice displayed.
Yes, how this very earth’s Creator died for everyone that He had made,
And how this merciful but cross-bound Saviour even for His killers prayed.

Well, that's how much Jesus loves us all, and of course, His caring Father too,
For both of them were in total agreement that Christ needed this to do.
Yes, their love had made provision for the salvation of our fallen race,
Clearly knowing that only Calvary could provide us with saving grace.

Now, think of how the Father must have felt, as this sad scene on earth took place,
And the restraint that He clearly exercised when they spat on His Son’s face.
Think of His righteous indignation on seeing His Holy Son profaned,
And how the slaughter of such Innocence would have very deeply pained.

Yes, the Father witnessed all these insults, and accusations most unfair,
And also His Son's loneliness and heartache, His Son's pain and deep despair.
But all this for sinners — you and I — the Father and His Son chose to share,
For that is how much they truly love us, that is how much they truly care.

Can you see it now, my friend — that is, how much love God really has for you?
Is there anybody that you know whose love could ever such love outdo?
No, we all know that there couldn’t be, for such a love like that is divine,
Yes, a love that just isn't comparable with the likes of yours and mine.

Such amazing love is unchangeable, and it will never cease to be,
Therefore, no matter what we think or feel, it’s always there for you and me.
Yes, regardless of our wrong behaviour, such love will never from us flee,
For this love also includes sinners, as Jesus Christ proved on Calvary.

Yes, the God who's up above, so loved the world, (which of course means you and I),
That He despatched, (with His approval), His loving Son who for us would die.
And this Saviour never came to condemn us, but to offer grace to all,
And such grace covers all repentant sinners who upon the Father call.

Therefore, if the devil ever tempts you with the thought that God doesn’t love you,
Or with the terrible thought that God couldn’t, which is equally untrue,
And if gloomy discouragement and darkness has you wrongly thinking such,
Just look at what God has done for you, and always remember, THAT’S HOW MUCH!

By Lance Landall