06 April 2009

This Too Shall Be Made Right

As Resurrection Sunday approaches, I've been doing a lot of thinking about why Jesus came to earth. In the Sunday School curriculum our church uses, the past few weeks have been full of commentary on how clueless the disciples were at the true purpose of Jesus' ministry. They thought Jesus had come to be the Messiah, yes; but in a political sense - to set things right with the world - to overthrow Roman rule and set up his Kingdom on earth. Jesus' ministry so many years ago was out of obedience to the Father - to do what we could not do - to live a perfect and sinless life and to die in our place - to take our punishment - that we may be made right with God.

As I've meditated on this these few weeks before we celebrate his resurrection, I think of his coming again. When Jesus comes again it will not as it was then. He will be here to make everything right - a just and righteous judge.

The words of Derek Webb's song "This Too Shall Be Made Right" are really resounding with me now. The song is a thoughtful commentary on how fallen our world presently is and yet how we hope for the day when Christ returns and makes all things new. Enjoy the lyrics below:

"This Too Shall Be Made Right"
Derek Webb
people love you the most for the things you hate
and hate you for loving the things
that you cannot keep straight
people judge you on a curve
and tell you you’re getting what you deserve
this too shall be made right
children cannot learn
when children cannot eat
stack them like lumber when children cannot sleep
children dream of wishing wells
whose waters quench all the fires of Hell
this too shall be made right
the earth and the sky and the sea are all holding their breath
wars and abuses have nature groaning with death
we say we’re just trying to stay alive
but it looks so much more like a way to die
this too shall be made right
there’s a time for peace and there is a time for war
a time to forgive and a time to settle the score
a time for babies to lose their lives
a time for hunger and genocide
this too shall be made right
I don’t know the suffering of people outside my front door
I join the oppressors of those who i choose to ignore
I’m trading comfort for human life
and that’s not just murder it’s suicide
this too shall be made right

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