Looking to Good Friday . . .

this terrible-wonderful day as seen in this story of . . .

Two Trees


a place in the garden
a water shed spot
a tree
now ancient
the only “do not”
a serpent’s dark lie
a fruit marked “volition”
fair to the eye
temptation
decision–
a world reshaped
from simple attraction
an act of the will
a lust filled passion
so monumental
this grave deception
a twisting of soul—
from trust
to defection

a night in the garden
Gethsemane
a mocking
a trial
no defense
no plea
the place of the skull
a cross from a tree
an execution
Calvary–
the world transformed
by compassion and grace
an act of God’s will
on a tree of disgrace
so monumental
this God condescension
a return of the soul—
from lost
to redemption

two trees
symbolic
a world at stake
a choosing
a marking
which path to take
destinies hinge
a fateful decision
an act of the will
faith or derision
so monumental
(yet rarely a  mention)
the choice in two trees
by God’s intervention

~JD Collier

“Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.  For just as through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus Christ) the many will be made righteous.”  Rom 5:17-19

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Eph 1:7-9 NIV


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