Catechism 26

What else does Christ’s death redeem?
Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.
(New City Catechism)

Yet the cost went deeper than souls
     into soil
and weathered the tree-trunks
     and withered the whole.

The cost ate into friendship
      and truth
and sucked all the marrow
      from health and heart’s-ease.

So the victory’s deeper too
     than our sin:
the redemption stretches vast across bowers
     and sucks sin’s curse from earth’s veins.

Look on Him now: the one whom we’ve slain
     and trust
in the truth which digs deep into soil
     and restores the broken earth whole.

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