What can describe those awful final hours
Which Christ endured when His humanity
Was burdened with the stark reality
Of that great death which rightfully was ours?
Where martyrs have God’s presence in their trial
Sustaining them in such a time of need,
Christ bore the wrath of God that He might plead
For us whose sinful nature is so vile.
His humanness would seek another way;
His godliness submitted to God’s will,
Then ancient prophecy He would fulfil
And triumph over death on that great day.
There was no other way to pay that debt;
In Christ alone our greatest needs are met.
This poem was a finalist in the February 2018 poetry contest