Sunday, October 15, 2006

What do you wanna see?

Steven Harris isn't a blogger I always see I to eye with, but he certainly makes some good points. He's also a friend of my brother-in-law, but that's not relevant. Anyways this is spot on:
"I don't want to see Jesus lifted high"

Me neither, not least because when Jesus talks about being "lifted up" or "lifted high" he is referring to his impending crucifixion, not lots of charismatics clapping along singing "We wanna see Jesus lifted high". I always imagine the crowd stood before Pilate yelling "crucify him" whenever I hear that song...
-- World of Sven
The serious point here is that if we're going to use Biblical terms in our songs we should use them the way the Bible does. Good news is that Jesus was lifted up once for all... and he is seated over all things!

Meanwhile my fellow-coffee Blogger, Sam Shearn, quotes this, from Cowper:
Lord it is my chief complaint,
That my love is weak and faint;
Yet I love you and adore,
Oh for grace to love you more!

-- William Cowper, 1768.


  1. …Although the bible (or John in particular) does mean the same thing as the song does. The twist is that it also has another meaning, and the two are intertwined. The cross was a victory as well as a tragedy - Steven is right that we shouldn't forget the tragedy at the heart of the gospel - but we shouldn't take out the victory either.

    Let's celebrate the cross (even with clapping and singing), as well as mourn that it occurred.

  2. Yes, TJ was holding forth that in John's gospel, Jesus being 'lifted up' meant both crucifixion and exultation... I don't know what we base that on though.