29 January, 2010

The Gospel According to Rich Mullins

I have been listening to Rich Mullins a lot in the past two weeks. Not a lot of his work. One CD actually, and only about 3 songs on that one CD.

It is amazing to me how much insight Mullins had into the way in which the humanity and the divinity of Christ are seen in the Gospels. Mullins sings one song called 'Surely God is With Us' which wrestles with the way in which the ancient Church related to the person of Jesus. What a struggle it must have been for the Church to be confronted with a Messiah that was so much different than what they expected! It really makes me wonder how we would react in that time. The Lord Jesus Christ went to such depths to come and redeem a people. The God-Man, Jesus Christ- even now, we see through a dim glass, don't we?

Surely God is With Us!

Well, who's that man who thinks He's a prophet?
Well, I wonder if He's got something up His sleeve?
Where's He from? Who is His daddy?
There's rumors He even thinks Himself a king!

Of a kingdom of paupers
Simpletons and rogues
The whores all seem to love Him
And the drunks propose a toast!

And they say, "Surely God is with us.
Well, surely God is with us."
They say, "Surely God is with us today!"

Who's that man who says He's a preacher?
Well, He must be, He's disturbing all our peace
Where's He get off, and what is He hiding
And every word He says those fools believe!

Who could move a mountain?
Who would love their enemy?
Who could rejoice in pain?
And turn the other cheek?

And still say, "Surely God is with us,
Well, surely God is with us,"
Who'll say, "Surely God is with us today, today!"

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
Heaven belongs to them.
Blessed are those who make peace,
They are God's children.
I AM the Bread of Life, and the Way-
You hear that Man, believe what He says!

Tell me, who's that Man? They made Him a prisoner.
They tortured Him and nailed Him to a tree.
Well if He's so bad, who did He threaten?
Did He deserve to die between two thieves?

See the scars and touch His wounds.
He's risen flesh and bone.
Now the sinners have become the saints!
And the lost have all come home!

And they say, "Surely God is with us.
Well, surely God is with us.
They say, "Surely God is with us today!"
They say, "Surely God is with us
Well, surely God is with us"
They say, "Surely God is with us today"

Listen here.

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