By Cles A. Wilson
One day a host of words came out in the streets like town criers to declare their beliefs.
THERE IS… NO Christ, DESPAIR cried out -needing to be heard by all.
THERE IS… NO Christ, HOMELESS moaned - searching for an alley to claim its own.
THERE IS… NO Christ, MISERY uttered - parading itself throughout the streets.
THERE IS… NO Christ, SUICIDE declared - making a strong statement to all. THERE IS… NO Christ, GRIEF stated - stepping up to add its voice.
THERE IS… NO Christ, SORROW grounded out - in solid tones for us to hear. THERE IS… NO Christ, REMORSE hollered - wanting to be heard by the masses.
THERE IS… NO Christ, VIOLENCE shouted strongly - with emphasis on each word.
THERE IS… NO Christ, DEATH roared out drowning out the others at the scene.
THERE IS… A CHRIST, HOPE cried out - to all I have the surety of Christ's words:
Psalm 71:5 Psalm 71 Psalm 71:4-6 For thou art my HOPE, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. KJV
THERE IS… A CHRIST, HOME moaned out - as it entered into its sanctuary with Christ's words:
1 Kings 13:15 1 Kings 13 1 Kings 13:14-16 Then he said unto him, Come HOME with me, and eat bread. KJV
THERE IS… A CHRIST, DELIGHT uttered - to all that paraded themselves before it with Christ's words:
Psalm 37:4 Psalm 37 Psalm 37:3-5 DELIGHT thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. KJV
THERE IS… A CHRIST, CHOOSING TO LIVE -to live declared - making a statement of Christ's words:
Philippians 1:22 Philippians 1 Philippians 1:21-23 But if I LIVE in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall CHOOSE I wot not. KJV
THERE IS… A CHRIST, JOY stated - with firmness adding its I have the words of Christ:
Romans 15:32 Romans 15 Romans 15:31-33 That I may come unto you with JOY by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. KJV
THERE IS… A CHRIST, HAPPINESS grounded out - with solid words coming from Christ:
Matthew 25:23 Matthew 25 Matthew 25:22-24 "His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's HAPPINESS!' NIV
THERE IS… A CHRIST, CONVICTION hollered loudly - the faithfulness of Christ's words:
1 Thessalonians 1:5 1 Thessalonians 1 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 Because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep CONVICTION. You know how we lived among you for your sake. NIV
THERE IS… A CHRIST, GENTLENESS shouted strongly - with emphasis on the words of Christ:
2 Samuel 22:36 2 Samuel 22 2 Samuel 22:35-37 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy GENTLENESS hath made me great. KJV
THERE IS… A CHRIST, ETERNAL LIFE roared out - "I have it with the promise of Christ's words": John 3:15 John 3 John 3:14-16 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ETERNAL LIFE. KJV