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Facing God’s Pain by Raymond A. Foss

We, if we were honest,
believing in the humanity of Christ
the power of God, eternal, infinite
thinking about God
on that day at Calvary
as we stand at the foot of his cross
the child, his son,
becoming our sacrifice
our hands on his head
transferring our sin
the stain flowing over him
that cup he drank in Gethsemane
taking on our suffering

Facing God’s pain
as that loving father,
that singular parents
who birthed all creation
by his word, his hands
molding us, each one still
crying for us when we falter
when we turn from him
His only begotten son
the Christ, the word become flesh
becoming the sacrifice
God dying on the cross
crying in heaven
for our disobedience
the judgment upon Christ
the awful cost, yet
making us whole again

July 15, 2010
Genesis 22:1-19
Abraham faithful in sacrificing
his first born son Isaac,
God providing substitute lamb;
Christ becoming the sacrificial lamb
with no substitution;
the pain of the Father on Good Friday
when his son died for us.
Hebrews 10:1-14
Christ was the one priest able to make
one sacrifice for all time
John 11:32-44
John 11:35
“Jesus wept” for his friend Lazarus,
though he knew he would rise
Jeremiah 31:15
Rachel crying for her children
who are no more

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