Everyone will see Him, including those who pierced Him.
- Revelation 1:7
When the sharp point pricks the skin
or the razor edge parts the flesh
blood flows freely, pain raises its head
alarm spreads through the body – brain, heart, spirit
and unless the crimson river is staunched
the wound attended to, panic sets in
trauma, shock, anger and fear fill the senses.
Retaliation is often our immediate response
wounded, we must defend ourselves, fight back
...puncture for a puncture…
...threat and cut and injury for every infliction…
at least a sanction, a barrier to address the attack
some form of offensive action, retribution to right the wrong
that is unless we are in Christ.
God-become-man knew all the wounds
bled from cuts of the scourge, bruised pride of religion
suffered pricks of long thorns and deep insults of words
His life ending in blood and water on the Cross
with nary a word, a rebuttal, a defense
offering up spirit and truth in the Father’s love
and inviting us all to do the same.
November 28, 2018