The Resurrection of Repentance
"But the other rebuked him, saying,
'Do you not fear God, since you are under
the same sentence of condemnation? And we
indeed justly; for we are receiving the due
reward of our deeds; but this man has done
nothing wrong.' And he said, 'Jesus, remember
me when you come into your kingdom.' And
he said to him, 'Truly, I say to you, today
you will be with me in Paradise.'" (1)
"And when he had said this, he
out in a loud voice, "Lazarus,
out! The dead man came out, tied hand
foot with burial bands, and his face
wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to
"Untie him and let him go."
My Lord, I have denied You thrice:
The devil, flesh, and world won;
My soul succumbed to sin and vice --
The bitterness had just begun.
When I betrayed Mercy's embrace,
For thirty pence of selfish pride,
My spirit lost its sense of grace;
And slowly, life within me died.
The bitterness of sin is death:
A tomb of unforgiven grief;
But I recall, near Your last breath,
You rescued the repentant thief.
A lifeless soul is what I've earned;
Lord, I renounce my sin and vice.
The contrite heart will not be spurned;
Lord, draw me home to paradise.
Lord, roll away my stone of pride,
And call me forth to live anew:
Your mercy reclaims what has died;
The humble heart finds life in You.
Courage, my soul, the Lord draws near:
"Come home! Come home!" is
(c) Paul Buis, 2002
1. Luke 23:40-43
2. John 11:43-44