IN CELEBRATION OF EASTER I'M GOING TO GET A BIT POLITICAL. THIS SONNET, PARAPHRASING THE WORDS OF THE LORD ARE FOR THE RICH ELITES, THE POWERFUL BANKERS AND INVESTORS, THE WALL STREETERS AND THOSE WHO COMBINE AGAINST THE MASSES FOR THEIR OWN AGENDAS. After all, they are people too.
What plainer way could Jesus' sacrifice upon the cross, the Passover Lamb slain, then resurrected be remembered during Easter, then through His own words, "I am the resurrection and the life. No man comes unto the Father but by me." But what does that mean? My mom told me of a man she knew who kept on going up to the church pastor again and again "wanting to be saved by Jesus," but not understanding what it meant. Born again? They have become DIRTY POLITICAL WORDS ASSOCIATED WITH HATEFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE PEOPLE. What a shame.
In all of my acquaintance, and I've lived a while on this planet, I know of no person who has not faced trials of the soul, depths of despair, self-hated, self-criticism, horrible self-doubt. Who has not said a prayer for relief from self-torment and terrible inner soul pain. This soul pain transcends economics, gender, race, creed, ethnicity. It makes the power hungry fearful to maintain control. It causes division and familial hatreds. It is the reason why a very few control the world. It is not greed, it is abject self-destructive hate and self-hate. For what you do to one man, what you cause for one women you DO TO YOURSELF. So in creating poverty, the elites add burdens to their souls that they will never be free from, never. They are chaining themselves up to think they need no one and nothing, but yet they are so fearful of losing power, they're in a GLOBAL SOUL PRISON of their own making. Welcome to hell on earth. Aren't you glad you are not of their ilk? That is why it is easier for a rich/powerful person to go through the eye of a needle than for him/her to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. They cannot SEE OR THINK that there is such a thing as THE SPIRIT. They are fleshly materialists and embrace material futurism.
When Jesus died, he went to hell and preached. And then he was resurrected. THIS IS DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE IN HELL (get it?). And of course it is for the rest of us in the human family.
I am the resurrection and the life.
No man will come to God but by belief
That I have conquered sin and Satan's strife
To save mankind* and give him* soul relief.
It is by sacrifice upon the tree
That I redeemed all souls from worldly lies.
It is my blood that cleansed guilt, made you free
From self-hate's self-destruction, you despise.
Embrace my love this day and come to me
My sustenance will bring you peace of mind
Embrace me! Come by faith for you can't free
Yourself: man's ways are chains that always bind.
This day receive my Grace and Mercy, too
Rebirth, renewal, joy will live in you.
*Women were put above men in Jesus' time. I use the noun mankind because of the syllabification. To make the sonnet sound better. If it offends you, sorry.
Mary Magdeline saw Jesus first after His resurrection. He honored A WOMAN before the men disciples. He was friends TO WOMEN and WOMEN preached in the early church and were famed for being great in working to spread the gospel. So I am happy that of all the religions, Christianity is the least paternalistic IN THE BIBLE. I can't speak for how men and various denominations twist this to suit their own paternalistic, controlling ways.