Death came to John the Baptist
via King Herod’s evil plot, while
Jesus discerned his own demise soon.
In grief, He asked his disciples,
“Are you able to drink this cup?”
John replied, “Can any of us?”
Jesus wept but had to move on.
A mother’s daughter to revive,
an offering from a widow with
a gift equal to gold, as well as
so many lives to mend.
A last supper with disciples,
a deceit by Judas after Jesus
washed their feet, sharing of
what was to come. Denial by
another when a cockerel crowed.
They knew not, nor believed.
Grief entered with betrayal
in the garden of Gethsemane.
His tears of blood and loss,
alone, He shed in despairing sorrow
towards the torment that lay ahead.
Surrounded by cries of mockery,
rejection, accusations and abuse,
assault, indignity and a judgement
of death, nailed to a cross upon a high hill.
At crucifixion, earth’s light faded fast
in darkness of sun, sky and of moon.
Stars fell, heaven shook, clouds
of great power swirled with thunder.
He arose to Heaven as the ninth
hour struck and ended His pain.
“Why?” were the mourning shrieks
from those below who keened.
But when his tomb was emptied
and a discarded shroud held no body.
His resurrected presence amidst His
awed, beloved followers who
rejoiced and danced in thanksgiving,
only to farewell Him again as He
did depart to His Father in heaven.
So, this son of God has warned us,
to keep watch and wait with faith.
The hour of his return is unknown.
But end times will bring nation
against nation, earthquakes, broken
families through rejection and despair,
of floods and fires, abominations of sin,
in desolation and a destruction
of morality with increased suffering.
So, love the Lord with your whole heart
and heed the warnings of our God.
Watch and wait, watch without ceasing.
Turn not away, trust in his truth.
He will return.
As written by me, Mark,
the Scribe and teller of truth.
As instructed by Jesus
and recorded in,
‘The Gospel of Mark.’
Copyright of Lorraine Szabo 2014
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