By H. L. Gradowith
Has any man ever shown a greater love
Than did our Redeemer when sadly He said,
"I have a baptism to be baptized with..."?
He spoke this of the Cross, where He hung 'til dead.
No others have even equaled this great love,
For, even though others have died for their friends,
Those others often turned from God's way of Truth:
Yet He did nothing for which to make amends...
This baptism for Him was an act of love
For He stood unworthy of sin's wages,
The anger of God was not pointed at Him:
He was the Messiah -- The Rock of Ages!
He forfeited His all just to prove His love,
It was truly a tremendous sacrifice;
The horrific anxiety He endured
For He well knew that nothing else would suffice.
On the Cross, then, He proved to us His great love,
Of the truth of that there's no question at all;
The question is: What have we done in response?
In the Judgment will we stand, or will we fall?
"Come unto Me and bathe yourselves in my love,
Your every sin my blood will wash away;
I will wash you and cleanse you and make you whole,
And then up to Heaven I'll take you someday..."
- H. L. Gradowith For more information on H. L. Gradowith and GRADOWITH POEMS e-mail group visit http://www.geocities.com/fp5699/ - the website of Tim Smith, minister of the Enon church of Christ in Webb, AL.