You Must Answer Pilate’s Question

On the day Christ was brought before Pilate
He asked a question to which we may all relate
‘What shall I do with Jesus called the Christ’?
Two options – acceptance of salvation or rejection
Which would finally culminate in His crucifixion
He asked the Jews this question and took the decision
To take a chance on the path of least resistance
He chose political popularity over obvious veracity
Then washed his hands and washed furiously again
To no avail for his own decision must prevail
His own final solution to the Jesus-Messiah question
Same question lands hot and steaming on our plate
We may prevaricate but cannot perpetually hesitate
Pilate had to decide during the Jewish Passover
We too must ere life passes and our day is over
Jesus the Word is before us and the question rings
Like bells of ticking time to men in every clime
What then shall you do with Jesus called Christ?

An Unleavened Passover

In Israel’s land of bondage and pilgrimage
God asked Israel to keep the feast of Passover
They were enjoined to do so from age to age
Offer a lamb and afterwards eat bread without leaven
No yeast in oral orifice till seven days after the sacrifice
Any one who dared to eat leavened bread
That soul would surely be eternally separated
From this kingdom to face judgement’s dread
Paul says Christ is our own Blessed Paschal Lamb
Accepting and applying His blood is death-defying
We are preserved from death that strikes by stealth
He Sacrificed at the beginning of the Gentile week
For seven dispensations of time after His passover
Israel of the New Covenant must eat His Bread-Word
Seven Church ages without the leaven of worldly creeds
As of old, the bold man who eats leavened bread
Who taints the feast with doctrinal dilution of yeast
In any of these solemn seven Gentile dispensations
Becomes a spiritual cadaver for defiling the Passover

Look At The Antidote

When Moses lifted up the brass serpent
It was a sign for all of Israel to repent
They had murmured for the perils of the way
God’s wrath sent fiery serpents to them that day
In pain and distress they cried out for forgiveness
God’s simple solution was ‘look’ – no more or less
Those that looked at the pole serpent became whole
Now we must ignore pain’s strain to look at this
The serpent represented sin judged – in Genesis
Now Brazen – sin had come under the Divine Altar
Judged sin, divinely extirpated frees the sin-sufferer
The Son of Man was lifted up like the brass serpent
He took the Divine judgement solely upon Himself
He became an ensign-for sins past and perils present
He offers the same remedy to all dying in shame
Dote not on the symptoms but look at the antidote

Are You On Speaking Terms With The Rock?

While Israel sojourned in the dreary wilderness
They lacked water as they marched through dry land
They asked and received – God of the faithful band
Filled the thirsty throats from a flinty Rock
This Rock was ever present through the journey
Ever merciful, ever bountiful and always on cue
Paul tells us this ambulatory Rock was Christ
Smitten in type in the wilderness, He gushed to bless
O Fountain that saved millions of souls in distress
There He was struck that we be not dumbstruck
There He was smitten that we may never be beaten
He has since been crucified and then glorified
Speaking is the only way of accessing the Fount now
Say your need and make requests on any matter
Be not silent in the weary mode of a wary doubter
Speak to The Rock and He will bring forth His water

Spirit Leads To The Water

Cornelius and friends received the Spirit
After which the preacher – Peter now said
Water baptism was the next meal of Bread
Cornelius did not demur or murmur or dread
For Spirit feeds on every crumb of the Word
And strains to fulfill all sayings of the Lord
Same Spirit led Philip to Ethiopian Eunuch
Puzzled by Isaiah’s prophecy about Messiah
Philip expounded till the noble demanded
Immediate action-immersion for remission
No ceremony for Spirit was in harmony with Word
It behooves the Spirit-led man or woman today
To turn the Chariot of faith to water’s strait gate
The contrary is backing a wrong horse off course

Ye Must Be Baptized Again

Paul met some godly men at Ephesus
Who were disciples of the famous
John the Baptist who baptized Jesus
He dared to correct those baptized thus
He asked if they were Spirit-filled
Filled with incomprehension but not riled
They replied-they knew not He that sealed
But their baptism was only a potent portent
Till Messiah died to enforce His Testament
Thus he re-baptized them in Jesus Name
This invoked His Will and without pause
His promised bequest-the Spirit was allotted
If baptized wrongly by a great preacher
Dip again in the Name of the One Anointed

Are You Buried With Him?

Modern doctrine of Baptism is mainly faction
A sprinkling of fact on largely poured fiction
Here the cart pulls the horse as it ought not
And infants are baptized when they believe not
But as Nicodemus heard baptism is critical
Water’s strait is the gate to the narrow way
It is the first door Peter the Turnkey opened
Missing this means walking in the broad way
We must be buried with Him by immersion
Identifying with His death and effects for us
He was buried as Jesus-so must we be in same
Name – for titles show you know not the boss
Repent first and be baptized next was Peter’s unction
Being buried in Jesus’ Name was the sure conclusion