For Us and With Us


You don’t make sense to me
I can’t imagine what it felt like
To be bruised and beaten
Betrayed and belittled
Bleeding, broken, berated, and brittle

To be God in the flesh
The wine and the bread
To bring life to your children
And be murdered instead

I can’t imagine what it felt like
Adding my sin to your pain
I’ve carried it before, I know the weight
It was an insult to injury,
It was salt in the vein

You don’t make sense to me

This act defies logic
This sacrifice isn’t rational
And it’s the crescendo to a history
That has never been common, plain, or practical

You flipped everything on its head
You took a look at what we made of your world
How we twisted your promises
How we found pride in your provision
How we claimed ownership of your power
How we lie, steal, cheat, and devour

And you said… I love you. I’ll die for you.

What kind of response is that?

You don’t make sense to me

And I’m so thankful for that

You don’t make sense
But you are never senseless
You’re a thoughtful father
To the lost and defenseless
A constant companion
To the marginalized and the friendless
An example of humility
To the proud and religious
And our greatest sacrifice
The epitome of forgiveness

I hope I never understand that

There is power in the fact
That you are so unlike me
There is mystery in the way
That you are, on one hand, relatable
And on the other, totally unattainable
And if the resurrected king
Is truly resurrecting me
Then there is glory in how you beat death
Both for us and with us

And the angel said:

Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!
Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified, and on the third day be raised again. And they remembered…

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

You don’t make sense to me

Thank you Jesus

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