PASSIONTIDE HALLELUJAH

(Parody of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah)

The disciples met to eat the Feast.
The Master showed Himself the least;
The Lamb leading the Paschal celebration.
He took the bread; he took the wine:
“My flesh is torn; this blood is mine:”
The Servant-King preparing His oblation.

(Chorus)

In the garden He prayed in pain,
“Not my will, Father, Yours must reign” –
The Suffering Servant incarnate just for this.
The night was bright with sudden flame,
With men and swords our Judas came:
Betrayed his loving Master with a kiss!

(Chorus)

The High Priest’s demand was plain and dire:
“Tell us, man, are you our Messiah?”
Jesus was forthright; he didn’t cower:
“It is exactly what you say,
And you will see on that final day
The Son of Man at the right hand of the Power!”

(Chorus)

Now Herod who ruled in Galilee
Was very keen this man to see,
Confusing magic with divinity.
But when the King would not oblige,
All Herod’s men hurled scornful jibes,
The real King enduring all with silent majesty.

(Chorus)

Then Pilate said, “Behold, I find
No evidence of any crime,
But I shall have him beaten up to satisfy.”
The crowd all shouted, “He must die!”
And Pilate said, “He’s guiltless – why?”
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify!”

(Chorus)

The night was cold. I’m sure you know
How icy winds of fear can blow.
I was seeking warmth, while He was standing trial.
“You followed Him: we all can see
You also come from Galilee.”
No weeping can undo my loud denials.

(Chorus)

Three crosses stood upon the hill,
Though years have passed, I see Him still:
Divine yet human nailed up for my salvation.
On the guiltless one my sin is laid,
And with His blood my debt is paid:
He gives up His last breath in consummation!

(Chorus)

Then in the Sunday morning’s gloom
Our women saw the empty tomb;
The Master spoke to Mary; it was no vision.
So John and I ran to the place
But all we saw was empty space,
The grave clothes bare: the Master He had risen!

(Chorus)

[For an instrumental version of the tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62JYtzi86M8]

[This was written in the week leading up to Good Friday this year.]

From the Cross
a drop of blood falls,
spreads out, washes over
Jerusalem, Samaria, Asia Minor
Europe, Africa, the whole world.

Arms stretched out,
the Man, the Son, cries out
“Come and bathe; wash yourselves clean.”
The blood of the Lamb: in each drop
– an ocean of forgiveness and Life.

[As tomorrow is Good Friday, I am reposting this parody of Roxette’s The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye, originally posted in 2010.]

 
In my hour of  need you met me:
I tell the world there are no regrets.
In this heart there is such gratitude:
Grace received, Grace quite undeserved.
You are Messiah Guiltless One;
Yet You came down to die.

You left your glorious throne in heaven on high
(O what precious sacrifice);
You were content to live on earth for a time
(O what precious sacrifice);
With your life in our hands, we shouted “Crucify!”
And I can’t help but wonder why
You made that precious sacrifice.

In wilful pride, we went along our own way:
You came to search and find and save.
You left your Father in heaven above:
You made that precious sacrifice.

I know You are the Only One
Who could ever pay that price:
Only a Lamb so pure could satisfy
(O what precious sacrifice);
And still your Heart is hurt, time after time
(O what precious sacrifice)
When from Your Loving Face we run away and hide;
Then I can’t help but wonder why
You made that precious sacrifice.
Jesus
You made that perfect sacrifice.

Your Blood was all that could justify
(O what precious sacrifice).
For us the spear was thrust into Your side
(O what precious sacrifice).
All our guilt and sin onto Yourself were piled;
And I can’t help but wonder why
It was for me You chose to die
Jesus
You made that perfect sacrifice

O what precious sacrifice
O what precious sacrifice

 

The references below are accessible in several languages (36, I think!). Click the link, and at the top of the new page click on the flag representing the language.

Luke 19:10  The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
To read this in context, click this link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/luke/19.htm

Philp 2:6 – 8 He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death— his death on the cross.
To read this  in context, click this link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/philippians/2.htm

Rom 3:24-25  But by the free gift of God’s grace all are put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free.  God offered him, so that by his blood he should become the means by which people’s sins are forgiven through their faith in him.
To read this in context, click this link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/3.htm

Rom 5:6 -8 For when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked at the time that God chose. It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. But God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!
To read this in context, click this link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/5.htm

Rom 6:23  For sin pays its wage—death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.
To read this  in context, click this link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/6.htm

Heb 10:9 – 12  So God does away with all the old sacrifices and puts the sacrifice of Christ in their place. Because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do, we are all purified from sin by the offering that he made of his own body once and for all. Every Jewish priest performs his services every day and offers the same sacrifices many times; but these sacrifices can never take away sins. Christ, however, offered one sacrifice for sins, an offering that is effective forever, and then he sat down at the right side of God.
To read this  in context, click this link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/hebrews/10.htm

Joh 1:11  He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children.
To read this  in context, click this link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/1.htm

Isa 53:4  “But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne. All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God. But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received. All of us were like sheep that were lost, each of us going his own way. But the LORD made the punishment fall on him, the punishment all of us deserved.
To read this  in context, click this link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/isaiah/53.htm

Parody: (Highway to the) Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins from sound track of Top Gun
[Christmas Day 2012]

Man out in the desert
Calling all to turn or burn
Washing in the Jordan
Get ready for the King’s own Son

Highway to Salvation’s Throne
Right up to the Saviour’s Throne

Lying in a stable,
Cradled in a bed of straw
And laid aside all glory
Taking on this life of ours

Highway to Salvation’s Throne.
(He’ll take you)
Right up to the Saviour’s Throne.

You’ll never get real free and clean
Till you get it from the Cross of Calvary
You never know what you can do
Until you take in the Blood He’s shed for you

Living for the Kingdom
Always where we yearn to be
The tougher the battle here
The more of His Grace there’ll be

Highway to the Salvation’s Throne.
(He’ll take you)
Right up to the Saviour’s Throne.

Highway to the Salvation’s Throne.

Highway to the Salvation’s Throne.
(He’ll take you)
Right up to the Saviour’s Throne.

References given below are from the New English Translation via The Word.
The English text used in the links is the New International. Version via Biblos Bible Suite. English not your language? Click the link; then click on the flag representing your language.

John 1:6    A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him.
To read excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/1.htm

John 1:19-28    Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ!” So they asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No!” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”… “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not recognize, who is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandal”. These things happened in Bethany across the Jordan River where John was baptizing.
To read this excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/1.htm
To read quotation from Isaiah in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/isaiah/40.htm

Acts 4:12    And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.”
To read this excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/4.htm

Rev 7:10    “Salvation belongs to our God, to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
To read this excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/7.htm

Luke 1: 34f:    Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.
To read this excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/luke/1.htm

Luke 2:7     And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/luke/2.htm

Philipp 2:8ff:    though he existed in the form of God, [Christ] did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/philippians/2.htm

Rom 8:1    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/8.htm

Gal 5:1         For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/galatians/5.htm

Rom 6:8    Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/6.htm

John 6:53-57    Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/6.htm

1 Cor 5:7b    For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/1_corinthians/5.htm

Rev 7:14    “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb!  For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/7.htm

Rev 12:11    But they overcame him [the Accuser = Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/12.htm

2 Cor 12:7    Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me – so that I would not become arrogant. I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
To read the excerpt in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/2_corinthians/12.htm

If you are unfamiliar with the original song (one of the songs from the film Top Gun), you can click the following link to listen (and watch) on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8rZWw9HE7o or with original lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fab0nsF1z2I

I have a King is a parody ABBA’s I have a dream. This was written yesterday, on Resurrection Sunday 2012.

I have a King, whose praise I sing;
His death’s brought victory over Sin.
And he died in my place to atone my guilt;
Yes, it was for my sake that his blood was spilt.
I believe in Jesus;
I believe in all he’s done for me.
I believe in Jesus;
And I know that he has set me free:
I have a King who’s conquered Sin.

No fantasy, it’s history:
Salvation’s now reality:
And my destination makes pain worth the while;
Peering through the darkness I can see him smile.
I believe in Jesus;
I believe in all he’s done for me.
I believe in Jesus;
And I know that he has set me free:
I have a King who’s conquered Sin;
I have a King who’s conquered Sin

I have a King enthroned above
Who came to earth out of great love,
And he cast his glory totally aside;
Yes, he walked on this earth, and in my place he died:
I believe in Jesus;
Now he’s risen, and he’s glorified;
I believe in Jesus,
And I know that he has set me free:
I have a King who’s conquered Sin;
I have a King who’s conquered Sin.

References below are from NET courtesy of The Word.
For NIV click the link below each reference.

John 3:16-18  For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 The one who believes in him is not condemned.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/3.htm

Philippians 2: 6-[Christ Jesus] though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/philippians/2.htm

Gal. 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/galatians/5.htm

1 Cor 15: 56-57 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
http://niv.scripturetext.com/1_corinthians/15.htm

1 Cor 5:7(b) For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/1_corinthians/5.htm

Rom 5:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/5.htm

Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/ephesians/1.htm

Eph 1:20 This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/ephesians/1.htm

Rom 8:18 For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/8.htm

Rev 7:14 “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/7.htm

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/8.htm

Colos 3:1 Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/colossians/3.htm

Rev 5:8(b) … the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders threw themselves to the ground before the Lamb.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/5.htm

Rev 5:12-14 … all of whom were singing in a loud voice: “Worthy is the lamb who was killed to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be praise, honour, glory, and ruling power forever and ever!”
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/5.htm

Rev 7:10-12 They were shouting out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood there in a circle around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground before the throne and worshipped God, saying, “Amen! Praise and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/7.htm

Hebr 4:14-15 Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin.
http://niv.scripturetext.com/hebrews/4.htm

This is a parody of the iconic REM song: Losing my religion. On Resurrection Sunday 2011 I could not resist the irony. We have not found a religion; we have a Saviour who has found us in our darkness and taken us into the light of His Presence.


Oh Lord, you suffered
Yes, dying for me
And I was guilty
The lengths that you have gone to
Incarnate, crucified
Oh yes it was my sin:
You took it on

That’s me in my darkness
That’s me in the Son’s light
Finding your forgiveness
Trying to keep up your Law
And I know that I can’t do it
Jesus, You have done it all
There’s nothing I can add
I know that you died for me
I know that you rose for me
I know your death has set us free

Every minute
Of every waking hour I’m
Choosing to confess you
Trying to keep your word
Live according to your Truth
Oh yes you’ve done it all
You’ve set me free

Consider this
Consider this:
The Cross of Calvary
Consider this:
The death that brought me
To my knees, saved
And the Grace You’ve given
Stands guarding me now
And You have done it all
I know that you died for me
I know that you rose for me
I know your death has set us free

Sacrificed your life
That was all your love

That’s me in my darkness
That’s me in the Son’s light
Finding your forgiveness
Trying to keep up your law
And I know that I can’t do it
Jesus, You have done it all
There’s nothing I can add
I know that you died for me
I know that you rose for me
I know your death has set us free

Sacrificed your life
That was all your love

Your blood poured out
Your life poured out
That was all your love
All your love

Just your love


Romans 5:8f God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath.

Rom 3:23ff 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,whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.

2 Cor 5:21 God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.

Rom 10:9 if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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

Galations 2:16 we know that no one is justified by the works of the law but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by the faithfulness of Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

Philippians 2:6 (Christ Jesus) though he existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, ​​​​​​​but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature.

1 Peter 2:24 By his wounds you were healed.

1 Peter 2:9 …so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

1 John 2:1 Jesus Christ the righteous One,4and he himself is the atoning sacrifice1 for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.2

1 John 4:15 If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God.

Hebrews 10:10 By his will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Parody: REM: Man on the Moon
4April 2011

Cost of the dollar, and the stock exchange: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Juju Malema in another rage: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Economics, petrol, and profit and loss: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Why is this world in such a great mess? yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
So let’s snort cocaine and let’s hit the booze: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
See you tomorrow if tomorrow comes: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah

But, brother, have you heard about God’s Son?
Tell me: are you locked in yourself?
Hey, brother, are you living on Prozac?
Yeah, and isn’t this world fun?
If you believe   the Man they put on the Cross, Man on the Cross
If you believe, then your salvation is ready; there’s no extra cost

Feeling that life has no meaning at all: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Dragging your past like a chain and a ball: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Clutching at straws and gasping for breath: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Struggling along and feeling like death: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah

But, sister, have you heard about God’s Son?
Tell me: do you know what He’s done?
Do you know that He loves you no matter what –
what you’ve done!
If you believe the Man they put on the Cross, Man on the Cross
If you believe, then your salvation is ready; there’s no extra cost;
No extra cost!

No hope for the future, and no help for the past: yeah,yeah; yeah, yeah
You pop all the pills, but good feelings don’t last: yeah,yeah; yeah, yeah
Dead leaves are driven this way and that: yeah,yeah; yeah, yeah
No going forward; there’s no going back: yeah,yeah; yeah, yeah

But, brother, have you heard about God’s Son
Tell me: do you know what He’s done?
Do you know that He died and rose again
He conquered death!
If you believe the Man they put on the Cross, Man on the Cross
If you believe, then your salvation is ready; there’s no extra cost;
No extra cost!

Hope for the future; and there’s help for past: Jesus, Jesus
Our God’s in control and His kingdom will last: it will; it will
So we’ll place our trust and our future in Him: Jesus, Jesus
He’s the beginning and He is the end: Jesus, Jesus

So, brothers, we’ve heard about God’s Son
And, yes, we know what He’s done
We know that He died and He rose again:
There’s hope for all!
If we believe the One they put on the Cross, Man on the Cross
If we believe, then our salvation is ready; he’s paid the cost;
He’s paid the cost!

Romans 3:23 “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, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.”

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

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

Please note: The reference to Prozac is not a jibe at people who use Prozac (Fluoxetine, an antidepressant of the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) type) or any other antidepressant.

A person taking anti-depressants prescribed by a competent medical practitioner should never feel guilty about it. Many have something akin to what Paul referred to as a “thorn in the flesh”(2 Corinthians 12:7 “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited”).

No Christian should condemn any other Christian for taking prescribed medication: no-one is spiritually better for not taking such medication, nor spiritually worse for taking it: We have all fallen short and we all need God’s grace, and it’s available for all. We all need God’s forgiveness. We all need to be covered by His Blood.

Nevertheless, the only real forgiveness comes from God and the only real comfort comes from God:

2 Corinthians 1 3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” Those who dwell in the Valley of Shadows can be recipients of God’s comfort, and can – and should – comfort others.