My Life In Music: Newsong, Love Revolution

Have you ever wondered why Judas came to Jesus in the garden with a posse carrying serious weaponry? What was the point? What about Jesus made Judas think he needed to come with such a show of force? Up until that point, other than bust up the temple a little bit, Jesus had done nothing really aggressive. He had healed the sick, fed the poor, and talked about love and forgiveness of sins. Sure there was that whole “ripping the temple curtain thing” and of course all his talk about ushering in a “New Kingdom” made some folks nervous, but still, in spite of all that revolutionary talk, there had been no real acts of revolt. So what was it about Jesus that led Judas to come with a gang packing what back then, would be considered serious heat?

In his book The King’s Cross Tim Keller suggests that Judas seriously thought Jesus had come to overthrow Roman rule with weapons and power, but instead, Jesus had come to usher in a LOVE REVOLUTION, if you will. Judas’s heart was attached to earthly power and money, and because of this he expected Jesus to retaliate with force. This clearly shows that Judas never truly understood what Jesus was talking about, nor did he really understand the “Upside Down Kingdom of God.”

Like so many today, Judas thought only in terms of earthly might. All that “kingdom of the heart” talk did not register on his radar. He was ready for real, hardcore, blood and iron revolution, and this Jesus guy was going to be his ticket to a seat at the table. Imagine his disillusionment when none of that unfolded. Maybe this disillusionment was the catalyst that led him to eventually betray Jesus. Can you blame him?

How many of us are guilty of standing with Jesus solely because of what  blessing it may bring to us. I know I am. We have unspoken deals with God. If I do this, this and this, you in turn will provide me with money, health and happiness. And then when God doesn’t play nice and life turns sour, we grow angry and disillusioned. forgetting that the love revolution moves counter to the world’s power systems. Survival of the fittest becomes survival of the weakest, and if you really want to save your life you’ll have to lose it instead.

Newsong, Love Revolution

Everybody listen to me
Hear the message that I bring
It’s time for us to come together
It’s time to live what we believe

We are God’s people
And He’s calling us to march
Let’s love each other
And show this world His heart

We need a love revolution
It’s so easy to see
Love is the only solution
Time has come for us to prove
Just what the pow’r of love can do
We need a love revolution

It’s a call to every nation
And everyone who wears His name
Time to join this fight for freedom
Time for us to make a change

We are God’s people
And He’s calling us to march
Let’s come together
And show this world His heart

We need a love revolution
It’s so easy to see
Love is the only solution
Time has come for us to prove
Just what the pow’r of love can do
We need a love revolution

The battle lines are drawn
You know we’re in war
So brothers and sisters
What are you waiting for?

We need a love revolution
It’s so easy to see
Love is the only solution
Time has come for us to prove
Just what the pow’r of love can do
We need a love revolution

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