martyrs’ risk

A haibun is a combination of prose and haiku.  Title and haiku poem below are mine;  prose selection is John Piper’s, from Taste and See (#136) 2005.

“For the followers of Jesus the final risk is gone. ‘Neither death nor life…will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Rom. 8:38,39).

When the threat of death becomes a door to paradise the final barrier to temporal risk is broken.  When a Christian says from the heart, ‘To live is Christ and to die is gain,’ he is free to love no matter what.

Some forms of radical Islam may entice martyr-murderers with similar dreams, but Christian hope is the power to love, not kill.  Christian hope produces life-givers, not life-takers.  The crucified Christ calls his people to live and die for their enemies, as he did.  The only risks permitted by Christ are the perils of love.  ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.’ (Luke 6:27-28)

With staggering promises of everlasting joy, Jesus unleashed a movement of radical, loving risk-takers.  It is risky to serve Christ…When God removed all risk above, He loosed a thousand risks of love.”

real love will take risks

to share good news with dying

what have we to lose?

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