Jesus on the Rampage (Mat. 8)

“When Jesus had come down from the mountain”,

All hell broke loose for all those around him:

First he chose to make a leper clean; it was done.

At Capernaum, he was asked to say the word, just one –

And wallop! A servant was healed. Now that’s belief!

The faithless we’ll leave to the gnashing of teeth.

At Peter’s house he healed all manner of riff-raff.

Foxes have holes, birds nests, but what’s his gaff?

There’s no time to rest,  ‘cos we’re not yet dead

The dead? They can bury themselves, he said.

Then from a boat he stopped the gales and the raining:

“Who’s this that even the winds and seas obey him?”

Some demoniacs said that he was ahead of his time,

So he pushed them off a cliff with a herd of swine.

On hearing this, the locals came out, on the double:

Crying, stay away, please! We don’t want no trouble.

Now, did all this really happen? It’s a bit far-fetched.

But how good is the truth, if it can be stretched?

Source: Matthew’s gospel, chapter 8


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