So many ask the burning question
How can a good God in heaven
Permit evil with its pain and dark tension
Why are brokenness, evil, grief, and sin
Permitted to abound; even to a victorious win?
It begins with a story of ages past
It’s plot and setting unparalleled and never surpassed
It’s scope and depth superior and vast
To answer the question, a story must be told
A story more precious than that of purest gold
It begins before the existence of man
When darkness was all, God did begin to plan
With an explosion of light, into existence all things did fan.
With naught but a word
Land, plant, animal, and man did populate the earth
In an epic display of majesty and light
Creation was spectacular upon first sight!
A tapestry of Gods limitless might!
Created for His glory
Man entered into an intimate love story
To know and be know by God
Was the purpose for which man did walk earthly sod
To be tied heart and soul, as through eternal days we did trod
But alas a greater plan still was in the works
And evil was set free with sinister smirks
Man took the fruit and greedily ate
Falling prey to devilish servants bate
Breaking from God and sealing our fate
No more walks with God in the evening cool
Rather covering, hiding, playing him as a fool
Creation’s glorious light plunged into darkness
What once was whole, now shattered brokenness
The future shrouded in dismal bleakness
Rejected from their custom designed home
To the wilderness beyond, now to roam
Oppression descends, man shackled as sin does accost
The righteous and just line irreversiblely crossed
And yet, hope is not all lost
The bumbling action was not unexpected
It’s entrance and sinister presence was always intended
A divine, eternal plan is in the unfolding
Unbelievably intricate in its telling
Irresistible and designed for sharing
A story so incredible it has to be true
Or else it is the rambling insanities that mad men do
Man’s choice was the ultimate rejection
Rebellion amounting to divine insurrection
Incurring a guilty verdict even from the great skeptics inspection
But where created man did fail
Divine, eternal God would prevail
In an epic display of holy grace
That would reveal His righteous ways
And produce worship through all eternity’s long days
A prophecy was declared
Man’s sin would be reversed sending hope of being spared
One would come whose sinless state
Would forever alter our bleak fate
Healing the offense incurred in the fruit we ate
Jesus, you came in humility low
Infinite love and justice to show
In your body on that tree
You bore divine wrath for all to see
Satisfying justice to set me free
When in faith I look up
I see a Savior drinking from divine wrath’s cup
The cost of my sin bellows its cry
As I arch my back howling to the sky
Sin’s immense pain so clear in my eye
Grief wells up within me
The darkness of my sin I clearly see
Head in hands, resting upon one knee
Heart and mouth confess faith in the man on the tree
Repentance healing my heart wholly and completely
Such divine love and mercy!
Such grace to prompt death’s dark journey!
Such joy in death and sin’s defeat!
Incredible wonder that mercy and wrath did meet!
Justice is satisfied for the righteous King sitting on His mercy seat
Forgiven, restored, adopted, and sealed am I
A child of the King reigning on high!
From condemned, rebellious sinner
To one who is more than a victor
Obtaining a honored seat at His table for dinner
From an alienated rebel and deviant
To an adopted son of the King radiant
My sin has been reversed and erased
Through a Savior’s blood displaced
Spilled for me; now eternally graced
What a story for the ages
Eternally invoking the redeemed ones praises!
The grand story of redemption and grace
Necessitated the fall of man in those former days
Yet hope now exits and will forever be the object of praise!
So, why must sin, evil, and pain exist
Because without it, all of God’s goodness would be missed
Mercy, grace, love, justice, righteousness, and holiness would be veiled
Had man not disobeyed and failed
For the ultimate goodness of God is seen in a man, a god who to a tree was nailed
Without sin we would never see, nor be satisfied
In a God who through sin would be gloriously magnified!
The entrance of sin was a necessity
To reveal the divine King’s glorious good and complexity
But take heart, for the devastation sin caused has been reversed successfully
With eyes of faith we see and embrace
Forever delighting in the splendor of his eternal face!