Transported through the door,
The portal of heaven opens
Through suffering...

Of sin's foreboding...
A darkened earth, crossbeam,
And a man...how odd
It must have been

To be suspended there, between
Earth's bondage and heaven's light,
Between demons raging and
Ethereal bliss of "it is finished."

Some say his death was wasted
Though the grief, I never tasted...
Through suffering, pain, and death,
Ultimate forgiveness extends itself.

by Cheryl Ellen Baxter ©          


Romans 5:8-11 -- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 -- For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: