Jesus is Not a Magic Elixir

I am the resurrection life. It’s not

As though I merely bear life-giving drink,

A magic elixir which (men might think)

Is cheap because though lavish it’s not bought.

The price of life was fully paid: I fought

With death and bleak despair; for I’m the drink

Of life. The resurrection morn’s the link

Between my death and endless life long sought.

I am the firstborn from the dead; and by

My triumph, I deal death to lusts and hates.

My life I now extend to men, and ply

Them with the draught that ever satiates.

Religion’s page with empty boasts is rife:

I am the resurrection and the life.

—From D.A. Carson’s Holy Sonnets of the Twentieth Century