The Sound of Grace

“Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in my youth
Or childhood
I must have done something
Something good”

Sound of Music

That may be the sound of music, but it is certainly not the sound of Grace. Grace is the essence of undeserved favour. As it is written – when we were without strength (undeserving) Christ died for the ungodly.

Grace is the sunshine that shines through the rain, the pleasure that seeks through the pain, the glory that overlooks our past shame. If our adulthood blessings are a function of our childhood works then God is not gratuitous, for He owes us a debt for past services.

He owes us a debt truly, but its a debt of judgement. All our previous deeds of morality and self-righteousness count for nothing in His sight. Yet Grace came to the rescue and forgave the debt, and granted us a lease of life. From the doldrums of spiritual bankruptcy, He has given us Capital Favour to thrive with.

So never bother about a dismal past or a chequered history, the acceptance of Grace promises a new story of unfolding glory. Grace is the essence of Something coming from Nothing.

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Easy Yoke(less)

A pity that a gospel built
On the foundation of self-denial
Should become a ticket
To avoid any hard trial

All upside and no downside
Is not what we were given
Not always sunny days and skies
Rain does not mean ‘not forgiven’

Paul the great apostle opines
That all godly will suffer persecution
Hindrances of different forms
What informs the modern exemption?

Faith must stand fair and foul
Victory awaits those who fight
And win war against the soul
Character is triumph over might

The Value of Little ‘Not’

The value of little ‘not’
Always underrated but
Important when unheeded
By many to great hurt

Thou shall not eat thereof
Was the command given
The reward for eating was
To fall by death’s sting

But Satan brought another
‘Not’ for he said
‘Thou shall surely ‘not’
Die the death you dread

Eve forgot the first not
For lure of the second
She traded nots and gained
Nought-for she and husband
Died in same thousand year day

One misplaced not brought
Death and human suffering
To all sages in all ages
What a single ‘not’ brought forth!

Christ has made a way back
He has bought the life Eve sought
So He must be our truth North
To navigate quick sands of Satan’s nots

We’d be nuts to reject Him for Satan’s nots
That only lead to regions fraught
With the weeping of the distraught

Honey In The Rock

It is said that the shepherds of Judea

When faced with sickly sheep some
Use the ever present resource around
Looming hills to cure sheep without pills
The hills have curative limestone
Yet sheep are willing to taste bare rock
So the shepherds place syrupy honey
On the rocks and sheep lick with glee
Inadvertently tongue-tasting the rock
And are healed of their maladies
Thus we sheep of the Great Shepherd
Can come to the Rock for succour
His rich promises draw us to Him
The Word transforms our sin-sick souls
O combination of sweetness and Light
Shelter in storm and covert for the weary
The honey is a bait to get you in the gate
If you have tasted that Lord is gracious
You will walk in wholesomeness of new life

 

Note To Archippus

Take heed to fulfil the ministry

 Given to you by the gracious God
Service is your gratitude to Him
That called you by His precious Word
On this beaten path – perils abound
Trials and temptations along the trail
If you stay steadfast, you will not fail
Firm hand on plough is victory’s tale
For when the reckoning comes
As it will-before the Lord’s seat
Faith, not wounds will be the feat
Sung and danced to angelic beat

Singing Judas

People think that Judas Ischariot

Let his grasping greed run riot

And betrayed Messiah
For silver of his desire
He jumped at the dangled carrot
After that he had to rue his decision
For he saw the results of his action
Seeing no saving remedy
He died of his malady
Becoming a symbol of Malefaction
Let people think once again
For his spirit just like Cain
Still lives in some
Apostasy’s home
Where gain trumps godly pain
Where those with fair talents
Voices to convert continents
Switch for fortune
To the popular tune
And croon perfidious intents

Christ or Caiaphas

In the year that Christ was Crucified, He prophesied. In that year Caiaphas was the High Priest, he prophesied too about the substitutionary salvation of the Messiah.

Christ sent his disciples to cast out devils, Caiaphas had his caste of preachers too, his Pharisee children that defied devilry
Christ was the Teacher and Lawgiver. He proclaimed from Mount Olives. Caiaphas thundered his sayings from the temple mount
And if you lived then, who would you have chosen to follow? The signs were the same in deed and name. But Christ was the promise of the age manifested. Caiaphas was what the human sages suggested.
Same stark choice stares us in the face today in the sunset of the human race.