Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Hope of Christmas - 2016

by Jim Rapp

God loved the cosmos such
that he sent his Son into it,
not to condemn it as much
as to save it, bit by bit.*

Unto you a Savior is born,
a cosmos healer sent,
to bind up what is torn,
to straighten what is bent.

In a tyrant-infested world
the infant took his place,
omnipotence, in weakness furled,
concealed a ruler's mace.

The undiscerning cosmos
trembled only slightly at his coming.
Herod doubting his machismos
aided wise men in their roaming.

Shepherds left their sheep pen,
Simeon's heart was set to racing,
Anna shared her joy with weeping.
Mary? Mary's heart was bracing.

How many millennia will pass;
how long must creation endure –
broken, waiting, groaning 'til at last
a King of Kings appears

to claim his rightful throne?
Omnipotence at last unfurled,
His mace – and His alone –
to rule God's "so loved" world?
* This is how much God loved the world:
He gave his Son, his one and only Son.

And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed;
by believing in him, anyone can have a whole
and lasting life.

God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son
merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world
how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.

(John 3:16, 17 –  The Message)

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