Thursday, January 29, 2015

Portrayed in a Penny

"What is man, that Thou shouldest magnify him?  And that Thou shouldest set Thine heart upon him?" (Job 7:17).  "Show Me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.  And He said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's" (Luke 20:24,25). 

The question was asked, "What is man?"
That answer by Christ was portrayed.
God loved us before time began! 
How great is His passion displayed! 

This question still pondered by many,
Was asked by both David and Job. 
Our Savior portrayed in a penny
The answer He gave us to probe. 

Caesar's image and superscription
Was seen on a penny back then. 
Things of Caesar have his depiction,
But God put His image on men.

We're made in the image of God;
By right of creation, we're His. 
All other assessments are flawed,
Departing from what truly is. 

Though we were our Maker's possession,
By sin we were parted from Him. 
Alas, by our willful transgression,
Our future was woefully grim!

But Christ came to be our Defender
That we might be rescued from loss.
How rightly we ought to surrender
Ourselves to Him, viewing His cross! 

Lord Jesus, the question remains! 
What are we, that You loved us first
So much You would suffer such pains
And also for us would be cursed?

Continue to teach us, O Lord,
The wonderful lesson You taught,
Portrayed in a penny explored,
To give You our hearts as we ought.  

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