no ordinary … take 2

Hi folks

Done a bit of work on my Palm/Passion reflection poem from yesterday.  Here it is (version 2)


no ordinary

This is no ordinary donkey.
This is no ordinary beast of burden;
no grand warhorse here:
but no ordinary donkey this one:
this animal carrying God’s peace-message.
God’s life and hope message.
God’s message of freedom.
God’s message of salvation.
God’s way home

Message of peace
Living message
The message
The good news
Christ – the prince of peace

This Christ-carrier;
this colt never before ridden.
This animal:
answer to disciples’ obedience;
journeys through adoring crowd:
Coats, cloaks, palms
laid out in royal carpet
as royal tapestry.
No pack-mule work for this donkey.
No dusty roadway.

This is no ordinary donkey.
This is the one who sets the Christ forward;
forward on a journey of destiny;
a journey that ends –
… begins at a cross.
This is no ordinary donkey

This is no ordinary crowd.
No ordinary crowd, this one;
this mass of Passover humanity.
How they welcome the Nazarene.
How they worship and adore him.
This the Christ.
This the Messiah.
This the answer;
the answer – to the hopes and dreams of centuries.

No ordinary crowd,
No holding back this crowd:
palms, cloaks, branches, everything
the red carpet treatment for this man.
Adulation at fever pitch for
the one who will set them free -free indeed!

No ordinary crowd.
No ordinary crowd this one.
Blessed the one;
blessed the King who comes
in the name of the Lord.
“Peace on earth,” they cry.
“Glory in the highest heaven.”

No ordinary crowd for these words;
these words –
words echoing down from Bethlehem
30 or so amazing years before.
Words at a birth.
Words at a manger.
Words of welcome.
Words of angels.
Words of blessing.
The Word made flesh.
Words of Emmanuel.

No ordinary crowd.
A fickle crowd though.
A crowd changeable like the seasons.
Chameleon really.
“Hosanna – God saves,” they cry.
“Hosanna in the highest.”
The cry of exuberant lips,
Words of blessing.
Words of betrayal.
Chameleons really.
Crucify him!
“Crucify him!” they will soon sing out.

No ordinary crowd.
Week starts
– Jesus high in praise.
Week ends – Jesus high on a cross.

This is no ordinary Messiah.
A most unlikely, far-from-ordinary welcome;
no pomp or power from this royalty.
No pomp or power.
Just humble obedience.
No ordinary Messiah,
this Jesus of Nazareth.
In obedience he travels the way,
eats and drinks with sinners,
faithful to God to the end.
Frees the captive,
rescues the lost,
welcomes the rejected,
responsive to the Spirit.

Humble obedience – that’s what it is,
as Jesus sets his face to Jerusalem,
as Jesus sets his course to a cross.
This is no ordinary Messiah:
this teaching, healing,
miracle-working, rebuking,
affirming, carpenter’s son.

This is no ordinary Messiah;
this prophet not of power but of peace.
This Jesus who sets his face to a violence:
a violence so shocking,
a violence so scandalous,
a violence so plain wrong
that this God-bearer –
this Christ at week’s end takes on
– takes away
the sin of the world.

This is no ordinary Messiah

This is Christ who carried a cross
this is Christ:
Christ who calls:
lose your life
that you might find it.

This is no ordinary people.
We are no ordinary people.
Though separated by 2000 years of time
will we too run and hide like those disciples
when the going gets tough?

Will we sing our joyful Hosannas
when it all suits us, then
live our lies when no one’s watching?

Or will we allow the Christ of the manger
to move in our lives
as the Christ of the cross;
Christ who is peace,
Christ who is servant,
Christ who is love,
Christ who is salvation?

“Glory to God in the highest!
Peace on earth to all people.”
Is that our mantra:
the hallmark of our living?
Is that the flesh and blood, yes,
the lifeblood of all we are,
all we seek to be?

Will your life
Will my life
predicate itself on Christ’s obedience:
God-dependent to the end.

Obedience beyond all obedience
“Glory to God … peace on earth” –
the pulse
the rhythm
the drumbeat marking the steps
along our pilgrim way:
the pilgrim way.
The way that knows not a cradle
without a cross.
The way of Christ:
Christ – the truth, the life –
the Way.

This is no ordinary Christ
donkey-carried through Jerusalem.
We are no ordinary people.
We – followers of the Way:
followers of the one who dies
who dies for the sin –
the sin of the world;
we – we hear Christ’s call:
Tom, Joan, Bill,
Jack, Mary, David,
add your own name if you like.

We carry;
we bear
we lift our own cross daily.
We carry that cross.
That cross of obedience:
obedience, faithfulness.
One with Christ
into all the complexities, challenges,
diversities, peaks and troughs,
death and life encounters
that Christ suffers, dies and rises for.

We are no ordinary people.
In our baptism
we die with Christ;
we rise with Christ.
We live in the shadow of the cross;
the hope of an empty tomb.
Christ journeys to the cross
and so too must we journey;
we must stumble forward toward Jerusalem.
God’s grace – it carries us;
carries us every step of the way.
this week
this hour
this moment
we make way for Jesus.
No ordinary Messiah
We – no ordinary people
belonging to the world which Christ
so loves, he offers his life for
that we might know life –
life forever.
Life beyond measure

We make way for Jesus:
a way no longer adorned
with palms and praises.

A way, a future
in which Jesus is Lord.
Jesus is Lord.
Jesus is Redeemer of the world.
We are no ordinary people.

This is no ordinary Jesus Christ.
We journey on with Christ.
Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord.
David MacGregor
© 2010

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