There’s an old seafaring saying,
“Red sky at night,
red sky in morning,
sailor’s take warning.”
Crimson hues in the evening and there will be smooth sailing the next day. Red shades at dawn meant a storm may be brewing.
This poem takes a different look at the resurrection. How does it impact those who don’t believe. Or shall I say those who will not believe. The Pharisees (the religious community) of Jesus’ day had all the information. They knew the scriptures (so they thought), they were intimately aware of Jesus’ teaching (they knew exactly who he claimed to be), and they had the first hand facts of his resurrection. And yet, they tried to stop it, to cover it up, to pretend it wasn’t real. So, how do you think God will deal with those who intentionally will not believe…
Red Sky in Morning
You remembered better than His own disciples
His promise to rise,
Command to secure the tomb against theft–
as if this band of scattered and frightened
fishermen, tax collectors, and women
would dare to move against Rome,
against the established church,
against their own doubts,
to steal a bloody corpse
and perpetuate a lie–
For your troops had first-hand facts;
they were there when the ground shook
and the stone rolled away
to a dawning revelation.
You paid them off with leftover silver
and promised protection—
A governor whose days were numbered?
From you who really had more to gain
from the fulfillment of prophecy?
From eleven men who eventually get it?
It’s incredible that the first to believe—
not believe, know—
the truth of resurrection reject it out right.
Your problem did not go away.
Slaying the Lamb did not stop
the awakening of the Lion.
Copyright © 2015 Scott Daniel Massey