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What Easter Means to Me

A life predestined, foretold by prophets-
Jesus’ fate was sealed: sacrificed life
that we could have the same everlasting.
Betrayed by a kiss for silver pieces,
three times denied by Peter – ‘don’t know him!’
Enemies awaited in the Garden,
abused and scorned and accused of blasphemy.
Sent to Pilate who questioned – ‘he’s done no crime!’
Crowd cried crucify him!  - Pilate soon appeased.
Scourged till bloody, excruciating pain –
nailed to a cross through feet and hands
liked a common criminal though not guilty.
Passers-by ridiculed, shouted insults.
He called ‘Father, why have you forsaken me?’
Prayed for his tormentors, a robber, too.
Darkness descended midday, like midnight –
foreshadowing Jesus’ death impending –
catalyst – Redeemer of human life.
Three agonizing hours passed: Jesus cried
‘into Thy hands, I commit my spirit’ then died.
A spear pierced His side – blood and water flowed
washes away all our sins eternally.

by Carol Fillmore
for "What Easter Means to Me" contest
sponsored by Gwendolen Rix

Copyright © Carol Fillmore

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  1. Date: 3/30/2011 7:18:00 AM
    Much research involved Carol on that Lost Horizon entry but so worth learning new things in life.. and I luv that movie so much... appreciate your sweet comments always as an uplifting start to my rainy day luv..

  1. Date: 3/25/2011 11:09:00 AM
    Pontius Pilate should have sent Barabas to the cross. He knew this was not the right choice. Yes, Christ's death WAS predestined. He was sent here to make a sacrifice and that's exactly what He did. A great entry for Gwen's contest, Carol, and I'll be checking my mail each day for my wedding invitation. LOL Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/25/2011 7:21:00 AM
    What a beautiful day and how wonderful it is to be able to read what was on your mind and in your heart when you wrote this poem Carol. I hope you have a weekend full of new found inspiration. The best to you in the contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/25/2011 12:56:00 AM
    Yes, you got it all here, Carol. I always like the part where he prayed for his tormenters. The sign of his true charity like no other!

  1. Date: 3/24/2011 8:11:00 PM
    Carol this is a brilliant depiction of the Passion and Death of Jesus... amazing journey in your lines so well written to present the story of suffering and death ..good luck in the contest luv.. truly amazing ...

  1. Date: 3/24/2011 3:38:00 PM
    beautiful expressions on the devotion and faith , carol,

  1. Date: 3/24/2011 1:11:00 PM
    this solemn piece blows me away.... how soulful in mood and tone, carol.. just did one for this contest called" good friday conversation".. hope you'll pass by.. winning wishes to you..;) huggs, nette