What Do We Expect?


What Do We Expect?
By Christine Hare Tate

Wounded are the faithful
Who have endured the pain…
Scarred and shattered hearts
Seeking no self-gain.
Bitter is the taste
Of the pill they swallow,
Battered and abused but
Determined to follow…

Yet down thru the centuries
Themselves they have denied,
Shouldering their cross
Forfeiting their pride.
But only one was spotless
And wholeheartedly complied
No sin left it’s mark,
No earthly cause to die.

Treated as a criminal
Whipped and despised,
No stranger to betrayal
Injustice or lies…
But what do we expect
A red carpet reception?
Flowers at our feet
A welcoming procession?

Thorns and nails He bore
Upon His sinless frame,
But we often question why
We may receive the same?
We shall suffer bruises,
Hatred, scars and loss
Because we follow Christ
And daily bear our cross.

The hardships we endure
To represent the King
Are small in comparison
To our Savior’s suffering!
The agony of crucifixion
Was His burden to bear,
But the “glorious resurrection”
Came after the despair!


‘When the world hates you, remember it hated Me before it hated you.
The world would love you if you belonged to it, but you don’t.
I chose you to come out of the world, and so it hates you.
Do you remember I told you that a servant is not greater than the master?
Since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you.
If they had listened to Me, they would listen to you.’
[John 15:18-21]



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