Titus 2:14, ‘Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.’ The Rabbi’s voice echoed from the Galilean shores to this century. His words impinged on my ears and drummed on the tables of my heart. He was seeking the answer to his riddle. What was the response to a sin-ridden world? What was the answer to a people so vile and corrupt? He stated with utter disregard for their traditions “Let he that is without sin cast the first stone”. This was their custom. When sin was brought to their attention, they could only respond by throwing stones.
Then Christ came and new stones were hewn from the Rock of Ages.
Stones that dazzled with a brilliance previously unheard of – emeralds that radiated excellence,
sapphires that marinated in the super-saturated ambience of Grace,
rubies that blushed bright with a Love that was as unfettered as it was passionate.
The Man (Stone) in Christ (Rock) is God’s response to the riddle.
Lively stones fashioned for perfection
handpicked by the Gardener
Designed by the Chief Mason for His House
We are Lively stones
A people beyond the redemption
the fruits of His Love
Offsprings of the God-Life
Mined from the belly of Zion’s Hill
United in Grace so divine
the blood-bought sons of the King
We are precious stones dazzling!
bringing delight to the Father
Can you not see how He dotes on you
Emeralds of Grace
Kitted with a variant of Life
that halts the advancement of death
a form of freshness that
causes the vassals of the grave to turn their tails in flight
We are the Stones on which 7 eyes rest
We are the Peculiar People with our names etched on Elyon’s breast
Selah… Inspired by Olawunmi Bog Abraham’s post – “Framed for Good Works!”