07 March 2008

What If You're Wrong?

If you haven't noticed, I like posting lyrics up here. The thing is, sometimes these songs seem to put it so much better than I ever could.

What If - Nichole Nordeman

What if you’re right?
And he was just another nice guy
What if you’re right?
What if it’s true?
They say the cross will only make a fool of you
And what if it’s true?

What if he takes his palace in history
With all the prophets and the kings
Who taught us love and came in peace
But then the story ends
What then?

But what if you’re wrong?
What if there’s more?
What if there’s hope you never dreamed of hoping for?
What if you jump?
And just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

What if you dig, What if you dig
Way down deeper than your simple-minded friendsW
What if you find
A thousand more unanswered questions inside
That’s all you find

What if you pick apart the logic
And begin to poke the holes
What if the crown of thorns is no more
Than folklore that must be told and retold


You’ve been running as fast as you can
You’ve been looking for a place you can land so long
But what if you’re wrong?

What if you jump?
And just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

One of the things I love about this song is that it confronts many of the skeptical questions people are constantly asking: What makes Jesus special? What if he was just this nice guy who left a pretty good impression on everyone? What if the whole story of Jesus is just a fairy tale people like to tell?
My own experiences of the love of Christ make these questions seem silly, but Nichole Nordeman answers these questions with a question: What if you're wrong? This is Truth:

Jesus isn't some guy who was born, lived about 30 years, and died. Jesus is God, who set aside his rights as God and humbled himself as a man and took the nature of a servant. He went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. I can't even fathom this. This was sacrifice. He was killed on a cross -- crucified, a criminal's death -- though he had done nothing wrong. For our sake, he took the inequities of our sins upon him. We deserved death because of our sins and eternal separation from God, but Christ loved us enough to die in our place. Because of Him, we have the opportunity to be in a relationship with our Creator and allow him to be the Lord of our lives, that we might bring Him glory.

What makes Jesus unique? What sets him apart from Buddha or the prophet Muhammed? He's not dead. Christ is alive. He conquered death.

Mark 16:1-7
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'"

I got some copies of the new STATEments today. I think it looks really good. The cover photo is of a guy on the Rodeo Club (my article). I hate hate hate the picture of me on the contributors page. I e-mailed one in over Christmas break that was so much better...I don't know why they didn't use it. Ick. Maybe next time...
Current song I'm listening to (and loving): Chicago - Sufjan Stevens.
Check it out and many other songs in my weekly playlists by clicking HERE.


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