On June 27 of this year, I had written down John 16:20-23 [show] Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. (ESV)
and titled a song called “The Happy World”. This song was meant to show how the world rejoiced at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but actually should have been mourning the loss (of course, we now have to be thankful because of the sacrifice, which redeemed all of us). Perhaps I worded that sentence incorrectly…
Today I’ve finished off that song, with complete lyrics, a different goal of the song and a different title. I first show how the world had rejoiced in the crucifixion, but those who had rejoiced and did not believe in the resurrection were actually fools. I then go on to show how only those who are alive can dream…and for sure, God is not dead.
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But anyway, interpret it yourself…here are the lyrics:
And the final hour has passed
and the world rejoices while we all grieve.
It’s only the fools who were deceived
that you’d never walk again.
Dreams are for the living,
and surely you’re not dead.
You mend my broken bones
and soothe my aching head.
My heart, you have proven,
can be raised from the dead.
And the final chords were played
from Your voice, oh so beautiful.
And we never understood just who you were,
’til we saw Your flowing mercy.
I held the rusty nails.
I held the heavy hammer.
I heard Your piercing wails,
forgive me Abba Father.
And the final hour will come,
along with righteous judgment.
Woe to these, who could not believe
that You had walked again.