Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Not now

Matthew 26:3-5
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and they conspired to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”

Not now
It's not safe
Wait awhile
until it's quiet
When the crowd has dispersed
Then we can arrest him
Even the chief priests
and the elders
underestimated the fickleness
of the crowd.
Who hailed Jesus one day
and shouted Crucify him! 
the next.
There was a riot
A riot baying for the blood
of an innocent man.
Today's crowds
are just as fickle
Easily swayed
by skilled rhetoric
or false promises.
The Son of God
would fare no better
at our hands.
We probably wouldn't even wait
for the cover of night.
He'd be tried and condemned
in the cold light of day.
And we'd barely spare him
a passing thought
before moving on
to the next cause
the next petition
that catches our imagination
and demands
our swift action
while love lies
trampled in the dust.

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