entered and darkness ruled black as night.
gates were slammed shut, out when the light.
“Entrance denied,” the edict clearly said.
vitally alive, now they are dead.
A guardian flaming sword forbade Adam and Eve’s return.
Fig-leaf coverings didn’t satisfy the sin-induced spurn.
fellowship resulted in their fall;
beautiful garden, innocence--they lost it all.
glance saw the sword and angel guards.
Sweat-earned bread and thorns made their way hard.
had stripped them of intimate time with God;
Looming over them was God’s judgment rod.
don’t be too quick with a sin-judging whim;
same sad condition, we’re right there with them.
filthy fig leaves reveal our sad fate as well.
same predicament, we would join them in Hell.
look again and see the picture anew.
See!—on the hill, a cross, a visible red hue!
‘round the tree, dripping Jesus’ blood,
Mercy, flowing outward, a redeeming flood.
Gate Keeper replaced the sword aflame,
Opening the gate to Grace; Mercy is His Name.
The entrance has posted a new edict in bright red.
Written in blood, “Welcome,” the new banner said.
broken covenant brought death and eternal doom,
new one has been woven on God’s loving loom.
the underside shows death, confusion and dross,
produced a pattern of Grace in the form of a cross.
Keeper is always present, opening the gate wide
welcome all who will come in and set sin aside.
Mercy resides at the gate, now and forever more,
Grace awaits to usher us through God’s open door.
“Welcome!” says Mercy, the Gate Keeper.
showed thee, O man, what is good and what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God" (Micah 6:8).
are beloved!” says Grace, with unmerited favor.
"Who is a
God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth
by the trangression of the remnant of his heritage?
he retaineth not his anger forever, because he deligheth
in mercy" (Micah 7:18).
on in, my Child! Welcome Home!" Says
Heavenly Father, "
done, good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful
over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord"
works of righteousness which we have done, but according
to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration
and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5).
"The Lord is
merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in
mercy" (Psalm 103:8)
tender mercies come unto me, that I may live for thy law
my delight" (Psalm 119:77)