So we all know Judas as the man who betrayed Jesus, but did you know he served as the treasurer for Jesus’ earthly ministry and sat in the seat of honor at the Last Supper? This was not an accident. Jesus loves His prodigals. He is constantly holding them near. Peter who denied Jesus three times was given the keys to the church of Jerusalem. Paul who outright persecuted the early church was chosen as the main witness to the Gentiles. Just when we think we are furthest from God, God is closest to us, calling us to come home.
As I lay dying on the hospital bed
my own blood turned poison,
Christ came and gave me a transfusion
giving all of Himself
so that I would be purged of death
and brought into new life
Oh the sweet, sweet blood of Jesus
Cleansing and nourishing
to the body and soul
His sacrifice is our atonement
His suffering is our joy
for now He stands as king and LORD
above all the nations and angels and Universe
All of us call out His praise
For He is glorious and wonderful and good
His blood flows free through my veins
Performers, get fed
Return to the fountain of your youth
Lest you continually drink from an empty well
and sing and speak with a mouth so dry
it spurts out dust and fly
instead of living waters.
Sit in the stands, in the pews
Be one with the audience, the congregation
Remember what drew you to the altar, the stage
in the first place.
We must be born again daily
or die slowly,
turning not into an aging beauty
but a skipping vinyl
playing the same song again and again
til people cup their hands over their ears
and either throw you out the window
or simply walk away.
Bring on the mudslingers!
I’m standing ‘side you with
a fire hose.