A discussion between the Savior and the redeemed Soul [from Part II]

Book Title: Jezus en de ziel : Een geestelyke spiegel voor 't gemoed : Bestaaende in veertig aangenaame en stichtelyke zinnebeelden : Nevens Het Eeuwige Vaderland en deszelfs vreugde / [Jan Luiken]; in three parts

Author: Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712

Image Title: A discussion between the Savior and the redeemed Soul [from Part II]

Scripture Reference:

Description: Jesus is turned to the Devil and Death, who have risen from an abyss, and shows them his stigmata. The Soul sits on the ground behind him. The Dutch artist and poet, Jan Luiken (1649-1712) was responsible for drawing and etching this emblem and composing the poem that accompanies it.

Poem: The Soul is attentive to the work of redemption.

Thou didst see God’s wrath in the eternal nature,
Kindled by disobedience like a fire.
The Devil as a Wolf lusting for the blood of sheep,
Growling steadily; the eternal death, and the eternal the abyss gape.
On the other side, oh Lord! that was the highest danger,
Thou didst see us unarmed and stripped of strength,
There was neither help, nor counsel, then thou didst pity
The fallen Soul, and thou didst put thyself between both;
Thou didst become our shield, and didst remain standing so firm and faithful,
The arrows attacked thee sharply and terribly!
That testified the dear blood, from all thy red wounds,
That flowed on the earth for all the sins of the world;
That was first called love, oh Soul! Where dost thou remain with the reward
For thy redemption, that beautiful life’s crown?
Alas! Who am I, my God, and who art thou, my Lord!
With what shall a Worm in the dust honor a King!
If thou didst thou not accept the broken heart for thy suffering,
Oh God’s deepest love, so I could not exist,
Yet I remain nevertheless in eternity indebted to thee,
For the salvation that has been poured forth, so large and abundant.

God’s Answer:
"Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:17-18).

(Translation by Josephine V. Brown, with editorial assistance from William G. Stryker)

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