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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Without the Cross
By Verna Cole Mitchell
08/17/06


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There is no truth to virgin birth,
To manger scene and Christmas story
With shepherds and a guiding star
And angels singing of His glory.

The prophetsí words are proved untrue.
Godís promises we cannot trust.
Our Saviorís life was lived in vain,
And dying man is merely dust.

Messiah was not crucified.
The Fatherís will was left undone.
Our Lord was but a mortal man,
And Satan had the victory won.

He did not wear a crown of thorns,
Or have a sword thrust in His side.
No curtain was rent from heaven to earth.
There were no final words He cried.

There was no tomb with stone unrolled,
No resurrection to unfold,
No risen Christ we could behold,
No Gospel story to be told.

There is no reason for our faith,
Our hope that weíll forever be
With loved ones who have gone before
With God for all eternity.




There is no other sacrifice,
No others death that would suffice,
No others blood that would atone,
But Jesus blood and His alone. For Ďtis the cross where Jesus died
That was fulfillment of Godís plan
To bring to earth His only Son
As substitute for sinful man.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/24/06
Something happened in transition to the shape of the poem. The last two verses with four lines each were to stand alone. Author
Birdie Courtright08/24/06
Interesting. This made me want to cry--where would I be if it were all untrue? How blessed we are that the ending is what it is.
david grant08/25/06
Great Poem. A Fav!
Suzanne R08/26/06
The first line sure got my attention and it was kept. Whew, was I glad to get to the last two stanzas.

Excellent writing!
Valora Otis08/26/06
What a faithful reminder of why God sent His son to us. Well done!
Marilyn Schnepp 08/28/06
My first thoughts were -"Why would an atheist enter a FW weekly challenge?"...but then. Wow! great job! Beautiful poetic words and rhythm. loved it!
Sue Dent08/28/06
My first thought was WOW, forget catching someone's attention with the first sentance. Let's use the entire entry to do that!!! Grand job!!
Edy T Johnson 08/28/06
Is that last stanza a seven-candle menorrah, lying on its side, with the "Servant Candle" at the center? Or, is my imagination just working overtime? This is powerful poetry, for sure.
Jan Ross08/30/06
Very nice indeed! :)
Sharlyn Guthrie04/04/07
Well-written and thought-prvoking poem! Your approach is definitely effective!
Jacquelyn Horne06/08/07
I always enjoy your poetry and this is no exception,
Janice Fitzpatrick06/09/07
Oh Verna, I just read this and was so moved. I had to reread the title because when I first read the few stanzas I was offended because I was feeling on the defense for my faith in my Saviour. What an awesome poem. I love,love,love this hon. Lord bless your tremendous gift. Thank you so much. Thank God that His Word is true and we have a Savior whom we can put our trust in completely knowing He is our all in all. Praise the Lord!Hallelujah!Janie
Janice Fitzpatrick06/09/07
I meant to say Janice not Janie as the addressee,lol. Again, great job.