In the beginning, in the darkness, God said; “Let there be light!”
It was so. God created the heavens and earth. It was good in his sight.
God created everything on the earth, on land and in the sea.
From his mouth, God spoke the Word, and all things came to be.
God created man in his image, shaping him from the dust of the earth.
With a blast from his nostrils and a touch, man had his birth.
God created the angels, the holy messengers of glory and might.
They worship God in his holy temple with great joy and delight.
The angels always behold and rejoice before the glorious face of God
They serve and minister to those who on the earth now trod.
These ones gather around the altar and stand before the throne.
They shout in on voice; “All praise be to our God alone.”
Lucifer, a mighty angel, refused to worship God and began to rebel.
God cast him and his followers from heaven into the pit of hell.
Lucifer sat in the depths of hell, and with bitter anger he said.
“I shall in this kingdom of fire rule as the lord of the dead.
I would rather be here in the fiery depths and rule.
Then to have remained in heaven and be God’s slave and fool.”
“We’ve been cast out. We are enemies of God and are at total war.
I vow to be a thorn to God and shall be man’s enemy forevermore.
God created man and gave man the breath of life.
I shall be the accuser and give man both pain and strife.
I shall always attack man. I’ll not rest until I’ve achieved my soul.
I shall frustrate God’s plan and I shall have man’s soul.”
“Hell is now my kingdom and this fire is now my throne.
And from my throne, I declare that in hell, I’ll not burn alone.
God told them that man could eat of any tree, except of one not to eat.
I will cause them to disobey God’s command and bring their defeat.
They are not to eat from the tree of knowledge, lest they die.
I will cause them to sin. I will destroy them with a lie.”
“I’ll wait in the Garden, but I must decide what form to take.
I’ll use one of God’s creatures. I shall take the form of a snake.
Lucifer waited in the tree, and he saw the woman coming near.
He spoke to the woman; “Come close, and have no fear.
Did God really say that if you ate from this tree, you’d die?
“He did.” The woman said. Lucifer said; “He told you a lie.”
“If you eat this tree, you’ll be like God. Go ahead and eat.”
The woman ate. Lucifer smiled. “This will bring upon you defeat”
The woman gave man some fruit and he ate. The deed was done.
Lucifer smiled. “I’ve caused them to sin. I’ve beaten God and won.”
After they had eaten, they realized their nakedness and felt shame.
Then they heard God walking in the garden, and calling their name.
They were afraid to face him, so they hid. The fall had begun.
God asked; “Why are you hiding? What have you done?”
The man said; “We saw our nakedness and we felt great shame.
We were afraid and we hid when we heard you call our name.”
God asked;” Who told you? Did you eat from the tree?”
The man said; “It was the fault of the woman you gave me.”
The woman said; “It was not my fault; the snake told me a lie.
He said that if we ate, we would be like you and would not die.”
God said to the man; “Because of this, a curse is upon the earth;
In toil and sweat you will till it until you return to the dust of the earth.
Woman, you will suffer great pains in child birth.
You will bring forth children and shall be the mother of all on earth.”
“Since you’ve listened to Lucifer, you’ve fallen into sin.
You are banished from this garden, and you may not enter it again.”
God spoke to the snake:”You shall be hated despised.
You corrupted my creation and you’ll answer for your lies.
I declare to you that you shall be punished for your deed.
I will put conflict between you and the woman’s seed.”
“You will strike his heel, and he will crush your head.
You will slay him, but he be raised up in triumph from the dead.
You have caused my children to sin and have corrupted my creation.
My servant will undo this, and he shall bring restoration and salvation.
The fall of man came to be, and mankind fell into the depth of sin.
God’s heart yearned and ached; he desired to restore man again.
God yearned to redeem his children and to undo what had been done.
He resolved that he would redeem his people through his dear Son.
Through time, many looked for the fulfillment of the promise made.
God sent forth his Son, through him, sin’s heavy price would be paid.
Jesus, the royal Son, left his throne in heaven and came to earth.
He came not as a king, but as a servant, born of humble birth.
He came into the flesh to bear our sins. He came to take our place.
He would suffer sin’s punishment, and win for us forgiveness and grace.
He is the light of the Father who came into this dark world of sin.
He would come into the world to restore peace and hope again.
For this reason, he was obedient to his Father’s will.
The Son came down to earth, a holy mission to fulfill.
He is God’s own Son, He is God’s chosen One, he is the Christ.
He would offer himself for sin, the atoning sacrifice.
He would battle Lucifer and he would destroy the power of sin.
He would undo the sin of the first Adam and restore peace again.
He who willingly laid aside his glory and might.
All that he would do, would be pleasing in his Father’s sight.
Lucifer grew worried. He knew why God had sent the Holy One.
He then set forth a plan to defeat the mission of God’s own Son.
Lucifer declared: The battle has begun, and I shall win.
Like Adam, I shall oppose him and I shall cause him to sin.”
Death said; “He’s powerful. How can you ever defeat this One?
He has come from heaven. He’s God’s own Son.”
Lucifer said; “He is a man. He is no different; he is weak.
Like others, I shall attack him. His shortcomings, I’ll seek.”
“But..” Death said. “Silence!” Lucifer said. “I beat God before.
I’ll beat him again and shall rule now and forevermore!”
Jesus was baptized by John and the Father declared his love.
The Holy Spirit came down on the Son in the form of a dove.
Jesus went up into the wilderness to both fast and pray.
Lucifer came to Jesus to tempt and to lead him astray.
Jesus was weak and weary. Forty days and nights, he had not eaten.
Lucifer felt that it was time to strike. He thought Jesus could be beaten.
Lucifer faced Jesus. “You are weak. If you don’t eat, you’ll be dead.
If you Son of God, command these stone to become bread.”
Jesus said; “It is written; man does not live by bread alone.
I trust my Father and for this reason. I will not change a single stone.”
Lucifer tempted Jesus with empty promises of fame, power, and might;
Jesus would not be tempted. He remained faithful in his Father’s sight.
Lucifer left in anger and he sensed that his efforts had met with defeat.
He said; “Until later Son of Man, we shall again meet!”
Lucifer was not done. He stirred up hatred in the hearts of men.
He sought to use the jealousy of religious leaders to bring Jesus’ end.
During Jesus’ earthly, Lucifer fought Jesus with all his breath.
In burning anger, Lucifer declared that he’d bring about Jesus’ death.
He knew that he could work through a disciple and lead him astray.
He focused on Judas. For the right price, his Master, he’d betray.
He would work on Judas’ sinful heart and achieve his goal.
He would corrupt Judas and use his greed and also have his soul.
Lucifer saw this as an opportunity to bring Jesus’ mission to an end;
He would use as his tools, Judas and the desires of sinful men.
He prompted Judas to go to the leaders to hand Jesus over to him.
Judas was dishonest and greedy. Lucifer gladly made use of him.
Judas went to the leaders. They asked;”Your Master, you’d betray?
For your help, thirty pieces of silver, we’ll gladly pay.”
The leaders were happy, and to Judas, thirty pieces of silver they gave.
Jesus was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver-the price for a slave.
The leaders had what they wanted. They began to make their plans.
Soon, Judas would betray Jesus and place him into their hands.
Judas told them that they would find Jesus in a garden not far away.
Each evening, Jesus would go there to mediate and to pray.
Lucifer was happy. He felt that his plan was now complete.
In his mind, the Son of Man would go down in crashing defeat.
On the night of the Passover, instead of celebrating a meal of gladness.
Jesus’ heart was heavy and full of sorrow and great sadness.
He said; “I have earnestly desired to share this meal with you I love.
For I will not taste of it again until I’ve returned to heaven above.”
Then he looked up, and then he breathed a heavy sigh.
He knew that the hour had come for him to suffer and die.
He said; “I tell you that one of you will this night, betray me;
One of you here will hand me over to those who wish to slay me.”
In shock and disbelief, the disciples let out a cry.
Each one of them asked Jesus; “Lord, is it I?”
Judas asked Jesus, “Surely Lord, would I betray you?”
Jesus looked at Judas and said; “Go, do what you must do.”
What Jesus said to Judas, the other disciples had not heard.
Judas quietly rose and left the table without saying a word.
Jesus took bread; “Take eat, this is my body, Do this in memory of me.
He took the cup: Drink this. This is my blood shed, to set all free.
“This is my body broken, my blood shed for the remission of sin.
I say again, I’ll not eat of this supper until I’m in heaven again.
The disciples ate and drank and their eyes were fixed on him.
Jesus rose from the table, before they left, they sang a hymn.
Went to Mt. Olive, and three disciples followed him the rest of the way.
The three sat by a tree, while Jesus went on further to pray.
His heart was heavy, he fell to the ground and he began to say.
“My Father, if it was your will, take this bitter cup away.”
He looked up and said; “Not my will, but your will be done.
I shall obey your will. You are my Father, and I am your Son.”
He went back, the disciples were sleepy and couldn’t open their eyes.
There was noise and light. Jesus said; “My betrayer comes, arise!”
As they rose, they heard the sounds of voices shouting in the night.
They heard footsteps and saw the torches of flickering light.
Judas arrived with guards and the rulers armed with might and power.
For Jesus, this was the time. He had prepared for this hour.
The disciples were fearful, Jesus stood firm as the crowds came near.
Peter swung a sword and cut off a servant’s .of the High Priest’s ear.
Jesus told Peter to put away the sword. He then began to speak.
He asked the crowd; “Tell me, who do you seek?”
Judas stepped forward and kissed Jesus. The betrayal was done.
Judas pointed to Jesus and said; “He’s you want. He’s the one.”
Jesus was asked; “Are you Jesus?” The crowd gathered around.
Jesus answered; “I AM.” Then the guards fell to the ground.
“Why do you seek me now? Why not when I was teaching each day?”
They could give no answer. He was bound and lead away.
Jesus was to the High Priest, and at night, was put on trial.
Jesus endured the false trial and the sting of Peter’s denial.
That night and early morning, Jesus had not slept nor had he eaten.
During that time, he was mocked, spat upon, and beaten.
Jesus stood before the leaders who thought he should die;
They brought forth witnesses in order for them to testify.
Even though charges were brought, Jesus said not a word.
The witnesses could not agree upon what they’d seen and heard.
The High Priest asked; “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Holy One?”
Jesus said; “I AM the Christ, God’s own Son.”
“I tell you that the heavens will open and you’ll see the Son of Man.
Sitting in power and glory at the Father’s right hand.”
The High Priest tore his robes and the others said; “He should die!”
They blindfolded Jesus and hit him. “Who hit you? Prophesy!”
The rulers went to Pilate with Jesus. Pilate asked; “What has he done?”
They answered; “He has broken our laws, and claims to be God’s Son.”
Pilate said; “Deal with him yourselves.” “We can’t” “Why?”
“We can’t put him to death. He claims to be a king and should die.”
Pilate spoke with Jesus and learned that he was from Galilee.
“He’s under the rule of Herod. He’s now in the city.
I will send this Jesus to Herod and I’ll wait to see what he will do.”
Pilate waved the rulers away. “Go, that’s all that I do for you.”
Jesus appeared before Herod. Herod said; “Now, I finally meet you.
Jesus, do a miracle, give me a sign. Show me what you can do.”
Jesus said not a word, nor did he do a miracle. Herod sent him away.
He was taken from Herod’s presence and returned to Pilate that day.
Once again, Pilate spoke with Jesus, but couldn’t find him guilty.
From that time on, Pilate sought to set Jesus free.
Jesus and a murder were brought out in order to see who’d live or die.
The murderer was set free. Jesus, the crowd wanted to be crucified.
The crowd which had hailed Jesus as King in one breath.
Now with the rulers prompting were calling for his death.
In a bowel of water, Pilate washed his hands then signed the decree.
With that, Jesus was condemned and a murderer was set free.
The soldiers took Jesus to the square where he was stripped.
They mocked and spat on him. Then he was brutally whipped.
They continued to beat Jesus until his flesh tore and he bled.
They put a purple robe on him and a crown of thorns on his head.
Then they put the cross on him and forced him to carry to the place.
Where he would shed his blood to save all sinners by his grace.
Jesus bore the full weight of cross. He bore the weight of sin.
He endured the pain and sorrow in order to bring it’s power to an end.
He fell under the cross and he endured insults and the sneers.
He carried the cross, and beheld the women’s sorrowful tears.
Weak from the beatings and from all the blood he had lost.
Jesus struggled on. He pressed on, carrying the full weight of the cross.
Like a lamb to the slaughter, he went to his death for you and me.
By his wounds and sufferings, from the power of sin, we are free.
Although he bore the cross, weakness caused him to stumble.
He suffered much, but in patience, he did not complain or grumble.
Finally, when the weight was too great and he could bear it no longer.
The Romans put the cross on the shoulders of someone stronger.
Jesus made it up from the city to the place on high.
Jesus went on to Calvary, the place he would suffer and die.
He was nailed to the cross. With each nail, he suffered great pain.
His suffering has brought peace. His suffering was for our gain.
There he was nailed and then his cross was lifted up high.
Crowds came from the city to watch him suffer and die.
Some mocked and said; “You claimed to be God’s holy One.
Save yourself and come down, if you’re God’s Son.”
Those who believed in Jesus drew near.
When they saw him, they moved and they shed a tear.
Jesus said; “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Some said; “If you’re the Christ, come down and we’ll believe in you.”
Dismas, also on a cross said; “For our deeds, this is the just price. Remember me.” Jesus said;” Today, you’ll be with me in paradise.”
Jesus felt the pain and agony as he hung on the tree;
He cried out; “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus endured the punishment for sin by suffering in our place.
The Father withdrew his hand and turned his face.
Jesus then fulfilled the Scriptures; “It is finished!” He said;
He gave up his spirit and bowing his head.
Darkness covered the land and lighting flashed across the sky.
Frightening all those who had gathered to witness Jesus die.
The veil in the temple was ripped in two. The separation was done.
Reconciliation and peace had been accomplished through God’s Son.
Through the death of Jesus, the final atoning sacrifice had been made.
The debt for sin through his blood had now been paid.
A soldier thrust a spear into his side, and out gushed water and blood.
From the Savior’s side, comes to all, a rich healing flood.
Jesus’ body was taken down by friends to whom he gave gladness.
Now in that hour, their hearts were filled with both pain and sadness.
This One who had come into the world, born of the Virgin’s womb.
Was now laid by his friends in a borrowed tomb.
In hell, Lucifer was delighted when Jesus had been nailed to the tree.
When Jesus bowed his head and died, Lucifer was full of glee.
Lucifer danced and declared: “I’ve won! I’ve beaten Jesus at last !”
But soon, Lucifer heard someone breaking down hell’s gates of brass.
As he looked, he was seized with both terror and fear.
With his own eyes, he saw Jesus coming near.
A demon said: “Master, look! It is Jesus, God’s Son!”
Jesus said; “I’ve come to tell you that it is I who has won.
I have fought you and won. From your rule I’ve set people free;
All things are under my feet. I shall reign through all eternity.”
“Look at me Lucifer. I’ve overcome. I’m no longer dead.
You may have bruised my heed. But I’ve crushed your head.
Now victory, I shall rise and to my Father, I’ll ascend.”
Lucifer said; “You’ve won, for now. I’ll fight you to the bitter end.”
Jesus said; “You are judged.” Jesus went from that place.
He descended into hell to declare the triumph of his grace.
As Jesus stepped forth alive again, the angels began to sing.
“Hallelujah! All praise now be given to the risen Lord and King.
He who has died now lives. He overcame death’s sharp sting.
Let all creation rejoice. Let all the peoples now sing.
Lucifer the foe has now been defeated and has been cast down.
And now the Christ, the Father’s Son, wears the golden crown.
All glory, honor, and praise be to him who has crushed Lucifer’s head.
He has claimed the victory by his resurrection from the dead.”
The women went to anoint the body of Jesus after the Sabbath day.
They arrived at the tomb and saw that the stone had been rolled away.
They looked inside, and saw that Jesus’ body was not there.
At once, their hearts were filled with worry and despair.
Two men came and asked; “Why seek the living among the dead?
This Jesus who you seek is not here; he’s risen, just as he said.”.
The women left the tomb. A man stood by and he began to speak
“Women, who are you looking for? Who do you seek?”
When he had spoken, they recognized him and fell at his feet.
Jesus said: “I’ve triumphed and Lucifer has met with defeat.”
“Go to my brother, tell them what you’ve seen. Tell of my victory.
I shall see them again before I return to heaven in glory.”
They went to the disciples and told them that Jesus was no longer dead.
“We saw and spoke to him. He’s risen, just as he had said.”
The disciples heard what was said, but they were full of disbelief.
They could believe it, because their hearts were heavy with grief.
They said among themselves; “Did you hear what they said?
It is true?Has the Master really risen from the dead?”
Then Jesus appeared and said; “Peace be with you!”
As the Father has sent me, now I send you.
I am sending you into the world with my Gospel to proclaim.
You shall be my witnesses and preach salvation in my name.”
Jesus remained forty days then he was taken up before their eyes.
As they watched, two angels asked; “Why do you stare at the skies?
This same Jesus shall return again on the clouds of glory.
Now go forth as he commanded, and proclaim to all, his story,
Go to people of every tongue and of every nation.
Proclaim to them that through faith in Jesus, there is salvation.”
Behold, Christ has triumphed and he has won the great victory.
He reigns now and forever. Give him all praise and glory.
His Kingdom stands and shall never end.
The time shall come when the Christ with come again.
He declares; “Amen! I shall return, and all behold my face.”
Amen! Come O’ triumphant Christ. Come in power and grace.
May you live each day longing for his great appearing.
The day of his second advent is fast nearing.
Walk life’s journey trusting and praising him all your days.
Bless the Lord always, and never cease singing his praises.
“Christ has triumphed. He forever lives!”
The triumph of the Christ! What comfort this sentence gives.
Now to him, the great and glorious Savior, whose praises we sing.
All praise, honor, and dominion be given to our great God and King.
Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, we now adore.
Be our thanks and praises, now and forevermore.
Michael Carter (Written between 1997-2014)