Without the Cross

Keep Calm and Read a Modern Psalm Based on Matthew 27:41-42:

What would Easter be like without the Cross? I tried to imagine that–life without Christ ever coming for the sacrifice. I put it in poem form and each stanza reflects on some character or event that would have been changed without Jesus: the manger, the leper, the demons, the high priest, Peter, Passover, and the thief on the Cross. Take some time this Good Friday and imagine with me: what would your life be like without the Cross?

Without the Cross the sky is black.
The manger has no babe.
The leper cries, “All hope I lack!
The sick cannot be saved.”
Without the Cross the demons cheer
‘Round men, their captive slaves.
Defeat of sin they need not fear.
No effort of man can save.

Without the Cross the veil is closed.
The grave is shut up tight.
The earth in sin’s most deadly throes
Turns on without the light.

Without the Cross the high priest smiles.
The scribe has none to smite.
In whitened tombs, in Satan’s wiles,
He assures himself he’s right.
Without the Cross the storm roars on.
The fisher sits alone.
His normal life of sin rolls on
Without a cause to own.

Without the Cross the veil is closed.
The grave is shut up tight.
The earth in sin’s most deadly throes
Turns on without the light.

Without the Cross the city’s still.
The Law goes unfulfilled.
From dying lamb a cry comes shrill.
As useless blood is spilled.
Without the Cross the judgment’s done.
The thief goes to the Cross.
He looks for rescue, and finds none.
No one will mourn his loss.

Without the Cross the veil is closed.
The grave is shut up tight.
The earth in sin’s most deadly throes
Turns on without the light.

But with the Cross all history stops
And wonders at the sight.
The sinless Son with sinner swaps
His life for my sin’s plight.
Oh with the Cross Christ is estranged
So His Father can call me “Son.”
The earth is moved, all life is changed
At the moment He cried “It’s done!”

And with the Cross the veil is ripped.
The grave is full of light.
For Satan’s plans are thrown off script.
Christ makes the Sacrifice.

-Matthew W., SC
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