Crucifixion: VII. God is Dead

Submitted by Kyleigh on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 08:14

Canto VII. God is Dead

It is finished, He gave up His soul,
The wrath of God has taken its toll.
The darkness, risen dead, and earthquake,
The curtain torn – for this, who would not shake?

If it ended there, what more could be said?
The Son of God was weak and stayed dead.
Sin was not conquered; the disciples had fled.
Those He helped had all been misled.
God was not powerful; they laid Him in a tomb –
Might it have been better if He’d just stayed in the womb?
The Light has failed,
His glory has paled.

God is dead, and we have killed Him.
The disciples have fled, and they are in sin.
The world will perish; there’s no escape –
His blood was no better than the juice of a grape.

If the story ended there, it’d be a nightmare,
The events of the days would give all quite a scare.
We’ve dwelt on the sin and the terror and the pain,
But that’s not the end – for in death there is gain!

To live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Matthew 28.

Author's age when written

This is the last canto of Crucifixion. I end it here as it is about the crucifixion and meditating more on His death than we normally do.


I guess that's it then...but I want to say that I reallllly enjoyed reading this whole thing and I will miss looking forward to it every month! God Bless!

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I actually thought that this was kind of sad; I mean like, no joy at Jesus being risen? But I think the first 2 paragraghs were really good. Love the rhyming.

And I think that the last Crucifixion one was better. But still, as always you did a pretty good job. I agree with Lucy, I'm kinda sad that this is the end; no more! :D

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

Maddi - the point of this poem was to spend some more time meditating on the crucifixion itself. As Christians, knowing what comes next, we often miss the weight of the crucifixion, and so I wrote this as a way of thinking about it more.

Actually, the topic of our homechurch study last night was of what pain and suffering Jesus went through on the cross. We actually went through a medical account; how horrible it must have been. Being crucified must be the most terrible way to die without a doubt. Thanks for the poem. :)

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

While the physical pain of crucifixion certainly was great, that's not the most important point, because many have died on crosses and accomplished nothing for sin. But He was bearing the wrath of God and that was the "cup" He was dreading, and the darkness and trembling of being punished by His Father.

Yes, I totally agree with you. We also discussed about how why he cried out 'Father, father, why have you forsaken me?' Or something along those lines. It was because he took the burden of our sins, and what separates us from God? Sin.

He felt that awful separation and forsakeness (if you know what I mean) from God. As well as all the horrible torment of the body, he had spiritual torment as well. And he did it for us, sinners, and because it was the will of his Father in heaven. We concluded the study by saying that Jesus wouldn't want us to be mulling over and grieving all the time of what a terrible thing he had to pass through; he wants us to rejoice and repent of our sins and turn to Him. I'm not meaning to boast or anything, but its on my daily agenda to thank Him for dying a death for my sins; and also thanking my Father for sending his only Son to die on the cross. I am so thankful for that!

And yes, it is important that we have reminders like your poem of what happened; not just the wonderful joy that He has risen. :)

EDIT: Are you, like, in the same time zone of Australia 'cos you're in the Middle East? Just wondering.

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

I would agree that we need to focus more on the resurrection than His death - I was just especially struck while reading the gospels of the intensity of the days between the triumphal entry and His arrest.

You're a little ahead of us, so not quite the same timezone.

   Kyleigh you have done a wonderful job on this poem. I do agree that it is important to realize and think about His Crucifixion, but can you write a poem on the Reserection? I just want to (as do most of us)  be able to look foreward to you monthly poem.

"My greatest wish for my writing is that it would point you to the Savior."

Thank you, Arthur.
I do have other things planned for the next few months so you won't be without a monthly post (though they're not all poetry). At some point I would like to do one on the Resurrection but no promises about if it'll be done or when.

Thank you for putting the last line in there. You were starting to scare me.

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief