Shaddai has filled me with fear!
He was full of surprises.
The kind of a person who would baffle
A very provocative person.
Once his relatives went looking for
they thought he had lost his mind.
A number of times his enemies accused
of being a glutton and a drunkard.
He even let others make fun of him.
He did not resist the evil done to
He was poor and happy.
He knew how to live with abundance
He was merciful.
And he got angry too.
He spoke clearly in everyone’s face.
He said that he and his ‘Father’ were
He called worthless what we consider
and a blessing what we consider to
be a curse.
He scandalized many people.
Because he expected them to forgive
who trespass against them.
And even to offer the other cheek to
who hit their right cheek!
The priests of the time insulted him.
They had every reason to dislike him.
You see, he loved them so much that
them bluntly the truth…
“whitewashed tombs… hypocrites… fools
The administration of the time emarginated
They had every reason to do it!
This man unveiled the evil egoism and
of the system.
His friends did not understand him.
And they had every reason not to!
Because he would hang around with people
that were ‘suspicious’.
He wasn’t prudent.
Prostitutes and publicans would often
That was a slippery road… but he would
bravely on it!
Do not get involved in other people’s
we were always taught
… but he rushed to give a hand wherever
was a need.
They say that virtue is in the middle,
If that is so, Christ had no virtue!
He was so clear: either for me or against
either serve God or serve money…
what I want is mercy not sacrifice…
I came to set son against father…
who does not hate his mother, father…
No wonder he broke all dealings with
environment he lived in.
No wonder he was taken to court,
And yet, though killed, he is not dead.
Today Jesus Christ is still alive.
He is still looking for people
who would let Him take hold of them.
who are ready to become Jesus Christ
Even if this would mean
going against the trends of society.
Even if this would mean
going beyond prudence and ‘good sense’.
One thing I know, nonetheless…
Who chooses Him
will never be disappointed.
"Who is your like You, majestic in holiness,
terrible in deeds of prowess, worker
You stretched your right hand out,
By your grace you led the people you
by your strength you guided them to
Hearing of this, the peoples tremble:
pangs seize on the inhabitants of Philistia.
Edom’s chieftains are now dismayed,
the princes of Moab fall to trembling,
Canaan’s inhabitants are all unmanned.
Yahweh will be king for ever and ever.
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