Jesus is Just Alright
March 9, 2013 § 1 Comment
By this time next month we will have celebrated the entirety of ‘Holy Week,’ the events of Jesus’ betrayal, suffering, death and resurrection. We will have reflected on His great sacrifice and victory, through the liturgies, the worship, the message and in breaking bread together. This year our church has added a Good Friday service, a short afternoon moment where we consider the Cross. What a sweet week.
Last Century (that sounds crazy), in the 70’s, the Doobie Brothers, a crass, hippie-ish rock group remixed a 60’s Byrds hit called, Jesus is Just Alright. This morning, as I made my way to Starbucks to write, it came on in my car, and of course I rocked along with it. This time though, I was struck by the words, and reminded that our Faith is all about this one person – Jesus.
It’s incredible, really. We dress up the Faith with edifices, creeds, songs, vestments, architecture, calendars, denominations, liturgies, laities, clergies, programs, ministries and steeples. At some point none are inherently bad, and most are needed. But when you pare it down to its essence, it is all about Jesus.
And I needed to remember this today. I don’t want to lose this in the press of the season.
Because in a world, or maybe more to the point, in my world, of pain, sorrow, craziness, pressure, failure, fear, trouble, brokenness, disappointment, sorrow, shame and sin, one figure stands above the noise of my activities (churchy as they may be), and the discouragement of the Curse that so readily seizes on my weak resolve.
This morning, just like when I first met Him, gave in and gave it all up believing that He alone had the power to redeem my life, my soul, my dreams, my forever, Jesus is just alright.
And that is good news…