Michael P. Johnson
Receive New Birth - Poem by Michael P. Johnson
Man’s death begins at life’s first dawn
To suffering and pain
Unless through Christ we’re born again
We walk through life in vain
The seed of death’s through Adam sown
Through disobedient man
Within the flesh when finally grown
We’ll harvest Satan’s plan
The fool through life may toss and turn
The blind will err and stray
Many may seek from books to learn
But death’s not far away
Yet every day God hears their call
By night their pitiful cry
“Nothing I’ve done from life to fall
Why am I cursed to die?
Am I to blame for Adam’s deed?
Did I resist God’s will?
Am I to reap from ancient seed?
Paying another’s bill?
Surely there must be some escape
A bending of the rule
When did I cheat murder and rape?
Why is our God so cruel?
But God Himself cries night and day
“Repent and do what’s right
Turn now my child and walk my way
And put your fears to flight
Life’s true advent is birth anew
Dying to flesh and bone
But not by works you may pursue
But through my Son alone”
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