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.

Catechism 19

Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio, "Madonna dei Palafrenieri"
Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio, “Madonna dei Palafrenieri”

Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favour?

Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.

(New City Catechism)


Eve’s offspring – like a shoot
            from dead stump –
            will come
and crush the serpent’s
                        head, although
            his heel the snake shall bite.


bitter and long the pain
            and anguish,
            though deep
the venom’s journey,
                        though deadly,
            death shall not rule the day.


our curse, laid upon him
            shall crush and
            kill, he
shall look upon us,
                        his offspring,
            and his days shall be glad.


you broken: humbled, hope.
            Every creeping
            thing, rejoice!
The earth shall yield
                        its harvest
            and favour ever shine.