Holy Week Sonnets

Today we begin a series of sonnets for Holy Week from a book (regrettably out of print) entitled Holy Sonnets of the Twentieth Century by D.A. Carson. (If you’re not into poetry, give it a shot! You may surprise yourself.)

This first one is based on Romans 3:21-26

Dilemma wretched: how shall holiness

Of brilliant light unshaded, tolerate

Rebellion’s fetid slime, and not abate

In its own glory, compromised at best?

Dilemma wretched: how can truth attest

That God is love, and not be ashamed by hate

And wills enslaved and bitter death–the freight

Of curse deserved, the human rebels’ mess?

The Cross! The Cross! The sacred meeting-place

Where, knowing neither compromise nor loss,

God’s love and holiness in shattering grace

The great dilemma slays! The Cross! The Cross!

The holy, loving God whose dear Son dies

By this is just–and one who justifies.