Stars by Stripes

July 4, 2020

 

 

Stars

Innumerable

One glance at the sky

And they’re plain to see

Since the fourth day of creation

Those little lights have peppered dark skies

Brilliant balls of incandescence

Each unique in its resplendence

Alas none has ever been or will ever be

As radiant as the infamous star

That shone thousands of nights ago

The one the entire host of heaven heralded

And the elements of creation anticipated 

The one that a wicked king dreaded 

And three astute astrologers sighted

The star that signalled the birth of a babe

A Son; born of a virgin

A Sovereign; born in a stable

The immortal One who embraced mortality

So that mere mortals could attain immortality

The eternal One that died temporarily

So that temporal ones could live eternally

The sinless man who bore all sin

So sinners could become saints

The flawless man who was disfigured

As the cat-o-nine tails ripped flesh from bone

And lash after deadly lash 

Left scar after ghastly scar

 

Stripes

Indelible

One glance at the Son

And they’re plain to see

Since the dark day of crucifixion

Those unsightly scars have marred the Savior

Inflicted by exactly 39 lashes

A number that's no accident

The Greatest Physician foreknew every single source of infirmity

Ages before doctors numbered the 39 causes of all diseases

That precise punishment of the Father’s only begotten Son

Was the perfect provision for all His beloved, adopted children

The resurrected Savior still humbly bears a broken body

Evidence that diseased humanity may freely get divine health

His hurting purchased our healing 

His punishment bought our peace

His bleeding brought us blessing

His wounding made us whole

He saved us; then set us absolutely free

To shine as little lights in a dark world

Stars illuminating the splendor of the Son

Simply by our inexplicable, everyday existence

Celebrating independence from the flesh

Embracing dependence on the Sprit

We need never again fear enslavement 

For whom the Son frees is free indeed!

How gratefully we enjoy our limitless liberty

Having become stars solely by His stripes!

 

Copyright Ifueko Ogbomo 2020 - All rights reserved

 

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