[I heard Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven around Christmas for the first time in decades (it shows my age as well!) and I can’t say I understand it at all. But the message of Christmas, understood in its fullest sense as part of God’s plan for reconciliation, is very clear: this is God’s plan for our salvation, and apart from it there is no salvation. Heaven belongs to God and the Right of Admission is Reserved for those who want to be there on God’s terms.

(In this parody I have used the tune of the first two “movements’ only plus the finale; so you can sing along!)

C150 VS53 Christ-mas 2010]

There’s a lie the world sells, and the lie that it tells

Is you can make your own way to Heaven.

But the Bible says, “No,” and it’s God’s way you go,

Saved by faith in God’s Grace and forgiven.

 

No, no, no, no, no: you cannot climb your own stairway to Heaven

 

Save for God’s power within you cannot withstand sin;

And you cannot find your own way to His Heaven.

That’s why Jesus was born, of Godly glory was shorn,

God of God, He came down here from Heaven.

 

And I’m filled with wonder!

And I’m filled with wonder!

 

In the frailty of man He fulfilled God’s own plan

That should lead all the earth to redemption;

That He would be crucified so we could be justified

And His death should provide our salvation.

 

And I’m filled with wonder!

I’m really filled with wonder!

 

Count the cost of the Cross on which He saved all the lost:

You can never, no never repay it.

It’s by Grace undeserved that your soul is preserved

And there’s no other way into His Heaven.

 

 

If there’s a prodding of the Spirit,

Don’t ignore it;

Listen carefully to what it’s saying.

You’re faced with two paths: Salvation or destruction

It’s still your choice which one you’ll go on.

 

And you need to choose now

 

His voice is crying out: it won’t stop,

Because He loves you.

The Saviour’s calling you to join Him

My child, you have the power to choose now;

It’s your choice.

My path’s the only way to Heaven.”

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And the Cross is the only way to Heaven.

 

 

 

[John 14:6] Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

[Eph 2: 8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

[Php 2:6 -8] [Christ Jesus] 6 though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

[Rom 8:23-24] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

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