Undeserved

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Romans 3:23-24, New Living Translation

I didn't really do a talk for this one at the album launch, because I ran this one and the next song together. But I'll do a bit of a write-up here on it.

It probably doesn't take much to figure out that this poem is essentially a direct A:B comparison. It compares how Jesus should be treated and how he was treated, against how I/we should be treated and how I/we have been treated. It takes a more group view when looking at Jesus, but a more personal view when turning it around - because I can't speak for what other people imagine. But the room that I describe there - that's one that has been in my mind for a long time, for many years. And for a long time, I would be condemning myself, putting myself down, and reminding myself of what I really deserved. Where I should be. Many times, I considered eventually isolating myself from society, so that I couldn't hurt anyone. But that's not what God had in mind. That wasn't his plan.


What you deserve
For who you simply are
Is praise
And glory
Honour
Worship
And sacrifice
Eternal devotion
And service
And for what you have done
So much more

Yet what we gave
Was taunts
And curses
Mocking voices
And spit
Whips
Nails
Thorns
A cross
Suffering
Humiliation
And death

 

What I deserve
For what I have done
Thought
Seen
And said
Is to be locked away
In a cold room
With no way out
And no way in
Away from everyone
And everything
I could hurt
Just me
Left to my
Twistedness
And wretchedness

Yet you gave
Forgiveness
Complete
And forever
Mercy
Unjustified
Grace
Unthinkable
Love
Unfathomable

 

You welcome me home
Make me a son
A prince
In your kingdom
Give me new life
Take away
The old
And send me
To those you love
That I have hurt
Or could hurt
But you
Trust me
Somehow
Incredibly
You are
The perfect judge
Yet no-one gets
What they deserve

All I can say
Is thank you
All I can think
Is to remember
All I can do
Is to tell
Of this hope
This grace
This love
Undeserved