Photography and words by Stephen R Wilson
“When you gotta go, you gotta go”…how many times have you heard this phrase? It could mean anything from “I’ve got to get going” to “I have to use your facilities”. The phrase describes action; moving from one place to another. There are several verses in the New Testament that reflects Jesus telling his disciples to “go and do”. Mark 16:15 states — He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” If we are believers in Christ, we are indeed tasked to go and do, to reach out and minister to those around us.
But have we forgotten that Jesus was sent first? Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Where would we be if God had not sent His son to “seek and save” the lost? That is what the poem reflected below is all about; Christ leaving His perfect kingdom to save our condemned world…
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I Have to Go Now
Walking around my Father’s place
In heaven’s magnificent splendor,
This is the only home I have ever known
His light, love and blessings are mine forever.
But I desire to do His will
My full heart yearns to obey,
So I must leave this home I know
To save the lost in another place.
I have to go now to do my Father’s will
You see the world below is hurting and needs some saving grace,
I know it won’t be easy but these souls are well worth pain
So I will become a little child and one day take their place.
It has been over three decades that I have walked here on earth
My ministry is almost over but my very being throbs and hurts,
For there are so many needs, the sin is great and life here is very hard
Even my disciples seem to be discouraged and think our work here is cursed.
But as my Father has led me on and kept me spotless still
The love my Father has for these helpless souls will soothe my pain to come,
For I am here to teach and love, to share my Father’s promises
And now I am to lay my life as an unblemished lamb to by all means save some.
So I have to go now to do my Father’s will
To take on the sin of all, to climb Golgotha’s hill,
And as they pierce my hands and feet, and lift me to the sky
My love for you has not diminished, as I cry out “it is finished” and I die.
I open my eyes, it is cold and dark, I can’t hear my Father’s voice
But I hear the demons hiss and sneer, “you’ve done it master!” are their cries,
“I have you now” Satan screams “All humanity is mine!”
Everything seems lost in this pitch black hell but I know it’s only lies.
All at once the ground is shaking as I hear my Father’s cry
Arise, my son the time has come, now leave this grave behind,
Satan shouted “that’s not fair”, his death was the final blow
“You fool”, God stated, “through my Son is salvation to all and death has been denied”.
I have to go now to share that I’m alive
To show my disciples that I beat death’s eternal sting,
Now I go to prepare a place for all those who believe
But I will send a Comforter friend that will encourage you just like me.
I will be back someday soon to complete my Father’s plan
To collect my beautiful faultless bride, to take her lovely hand,
When my Father gives the call, I will break the eastern sky
And gather to gather the faithful, those who will never ever die.
John 20:21-23 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.