Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sin and Grace

    Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
    “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
        or who has been his counselor?”
    “Or who has given a gift to him
        that he might be repaid?”
    For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
-Romans 11:33-36

There is a dark
like a leech
like a mouth
devouring and enslaving
without satiety
without regret or remorse
and this is sin.
It lodged long ago in the heart of Lucifer
until he would rather die than
submit to the all-glorious God
(though he'd rather all else die first).
It ate the heart of Adam and Eve -
what knowledge was worth that price? -
yet they would have it
(has God really said?).

Yet we are not Eastern,
yin is not matched by yang,
and sin is not matched by God.
Oh no,
it is overthrown entire,
the mouth not satisfied or filled,
but the belly slit,
and the devourer devoured.

This God did (oh mystery)
in the death of Christ.
The grave choked on its prey,
and vomited him back
(he took life up again,
having laid it down a while),
and has not ceased to disgorge souls
called by the gospel truth
and summoned by the Spirit.

The grace is more,
much more,
that words fail to encompass,
but it is greater than sin.
God is greater,
Christ is greater,
and He in us is greater than him who is in the world.

There will be pain and sorrow,
sin is not freely forgiven -
but the debt is paid by another.
Confess and come to Christ.
He will not despise.

    On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
        a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
        of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
    And he will swallow up on this mountain
        the covering that is cast over all peoples,
        the veil that is spread over all nations.
        He will swallow up death forever;
    and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces,
        and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
        for the LORD has spoken.
    It will be said on that day,
        “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
        This is the LORD; we have waited for him;
        let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
- Isaiah 25:6-9

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