Gospel Flag

That eyes would see the dear design
unfolded in this gospel flag
which freely flies with fervent line
of crimson, stretching from the black

across its field, to fly-end white
to make the hands of men to wave,
for such a banner tells the height
of love Jehovah Nissi gave.

When hoisted up the blackened staff
the king paid out that blood-red line
and heaven’s royal flags flew half;
the Son was slain for wrath divine.

And now his hem of white we own,
which moves in gentle winds unseen
The gospel flag is always flown
for Christ our standard makes us clean.

Easter Saturday

 What a time to hold both mourning and fear:
 surreal and sudden, from palms to passion,
  mission at miserable end, the house
silent as passing round tea, with tears,
 they awaited a knock, the Pharisees' fashion
  of heartlessly seeking hopes to douse
in their doctrine, ignoring Abram's wonder:
 that smoking vision of God down the row
  of animal pieces, to show who would pay;
they forgot to consider that God would sunder
 Himself for the covenant his people long broke,
  that the Christ must die to become the way.
Yet so, with the skies, the followers wept,
 thinking their leader crushed and gone
  taken with cruelty by Calvary's arts.
What was Sabbath if Rome and the Pharisees swept
 all aromas of liberty and hope thereupon
  away with his promise from their sorrowful hearts?
Did they worship that day, with their minds in a tomb?
 Did they eat of the Eucharist, recalling the plan
  of his body and blood to be given and poured?
It seems that they didn't, for morning's grey gloom
 surrounded the women with spices in hand
  to fulful one last duty for their fallen lord.
Yes, Saturday held them in tumult and woes.
And Sunday rebuked them with folded clothes.