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Poetry

Gene Stecher

John called for repentance

dunked for forgiveness
reprimanded crowds
tax collectors
soldiers
challenged the king's morality
died without his head!

The pressure is on.
No man escaped John, not even the king.
Who can walk the involuntary path to Macherus?

Jesus invited entrance to God's Imperial Rule
Surprised the enemy with love
Congratulated the hungry, sad, and poor
Called for puritan reforms
Let God decide what belongs to Caesar
Gave demons the finger
Healed the sin-ridden
Set fire upon the earth

Who can walk the voluntary path to Jerusalem wearing the bloody stripes of
temple and palace?

After John, did he really have a choice?

Gene Stecher
Chambersburg, Pa.