Alleluia! He is Risen!

Posted April 15, 2014 by JD
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it happened
on the first day of the week
the guards stood by so that
no one would seek
to steal
the body of the Savior King
make an outrageous claim
that they had seen
Him come to life
as He had said He would
and spread deception
that would not be good
but none could stop
what God had foreordained
what happened next
the guards could not explain
for the earth did quake
and an angel by the cave
rolled back the stone
that covered up the grave
the angel shone with a brightness
all aglow
the guards in fear
were deadened in their woe
and then it happened . . .
just as He had said
Jesus
the Savior
rose up
from
the
dead

~JD Collier

Good Friday Crucifixion

Posted April 15, 2014 by JD
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almost two thousand years from Abram’s birth
God sent His King
the Promised One to earth
to teach and show them love
they were amazed
for the sick He healed
and the dead
He raised
and everywhere
the people sought Him out
to hear His words
know what He spoke about
palm branches paved the way
as they proclaimed
“Blessed is He who comes in the Lord’s name.”

now listen well
it’s hard to understand
the actions taken by the leaders and
to see what happened next—
what they believed
about the One God sent—
how they received
the Savior King

they listened to the words He had to say
and questioned Him to if He would pay
attention to their thoughts—
acknowledge them
as rightful heirs to father Abraham
when Jesus did not lift them
in their pride
they turned their backs
and set His claims aside
arresting Him
and mocking with a trial
He opened not His mouth
yet all the while
they railed at Him
and shouted
“Crucify!”
“You claimed to be from God—
now you must die”
they nailed Him to a cross
and watched to see
if He
as God
would come down from the tree
and so the Son
they openly defied
“You saved others—
now save yourself” they cried
they sneered
they jeered
they taunted with words to sting
though sent by God—
they killed
their
Savior
King!

~JD Collier

Spring

Posted March 6, 2014 by JD
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the sap begins flowing
new branches are showing
the budding
the leafing
with shoots of new growth
a spring resurrection
the Root of perfection
the Vine and the branching—
in solemn betroth

refreshing
and drinking
the Vine of its linking
the blooming
the fruiting
that comes in its time
the wonder of living
that stems from His giving
for I am the branching—
and He is the Vine

~JD Collier

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:4-5  NIV

GRACE

Posted February 23, 2014 by JD
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Heb 6:18-19
“. . . we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

all that He is
He gave for our blessing
His living
His dying
His working
His resting
there is no denying
His love is expressing
a grace that is greater
than our words can say

nothing can hinder
His righteous summation
our perfect defender
how firm the foundation
He is our hope
His grace our salvation
our fortress
our rock
our anchor
our stay

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise Ps 18:1-3. . .”  NIV

Grace and More Grace

Posted January 24, 2014 by JD
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through Adam the curse
(this message is terse)
but you are far worse
than you think you are

 

though Adam was first
we shared in his thirst
when fully immersed
became heir exemplar

 

an heir of the curse
(what could be worse)
you cannot reverse
what in Adam you are

 

but Jesus embraced
and lifted this race
by offering more grace
than imagined by far

 

~JD Collier

 

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.  (Rom 5:17 NIV)