I am trying to compare soilders with christ in greater love poem/the quote "And though your hand be pale…Paler are all which trail…Your Cross through flame and hail”Need help with explaining...

I am trying to compare soilders with christ in greater love poem/the quote "And though your hand be pale…Paler are all which trail…Your Cross through flame and hail”

Need help with explaining this quote with comparison with christ

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This really is a great question. The key to understanding the imagery here is to know something of the work and person of Christ. In the Bible, Christ is described in many ways, but the preeminent way he is the described is to talk about his mission. His mission was to be a suffering servant. Within Christian theology, Jesus came to live perfectly and died on the cross to save people. In light of this Jesus' work was marked with hardship, obedience, endurance, and death. These are all pictures that resonate with a soldier of Christ. Even in these lines, we have the idea of the cross and two other illustrations of hardship - flame and hail. We also have the grim imagery of things were are pail.

When we take a step back and ask, why Jesus suffered, then we have an insight into his love. Again within Christian theology, this a dominant accent on his life. It is Christ's love that leads him to the cross. In like way, his soldiers are to labor in love for him.

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