Born to die

Dark clouds hide the sunlit sky
In the barn a baby cries
Does he know he’s born to die?
Rest now while your trials are few
Only your Father knows why

He was not a mighty kingth-7
He could make a hammer ring
Touch a heart and make it sing
His hands were the hands of strength
Hands that would pull men free

Bright sun tanned his weathered face
Dusty were the roads he traced
Spreading news of love and grace
Binding the broken heart
Soothing the sorrow-torn face

Dark clouds hide the sunlit sky
In the town a baby cries
On a hill a Savior dies
Dies of his own free will
He can tell you why
– from the song “Born to Die,” by John Fischer

As we begin Easter week, a word about Christmas. Of course there never would be Easter without it. There never would have been a cross without a manger. There never would have been a Savior without a baby. There never would have been a death without a birth … and what a birth it was.

Humble. In a town barely on the map. Laid in a feeding trough, serenaded by a cacophony of barnyard sounds. Uneventful, except for a handful of lowly shepherds who did witness a few hundred thousand angels, but who’s going to believe that? And the only royalty who attended were a few kings from the East, and we’re pretty sure they were a little late, by a couple of years, most likely.

Who but God would have done it like this? And I say that not because I know God that well, but because no human being would have conceived of a king born this way. Nor would any human conceive of a king living this way either, without a home, with little or no funding, where the only thing he owns is the shirt on his back.

And who were the people that got it — that heard his message and believed it? They were the poorest of the poor, the lepers and outcasts, the worst of sinners — the smelly, dirty band of ragamuffins who followed Jesus everywhere, except when he needed them the most. That’s when they all deserted him, and most of them were pretty bewildered about all the talk of a resurrection three days later.

These were simple folk — these were not theology students — and it was a simple plan.

The first man and woman sinned, and an animal had to be sacrificed to cover their shame. Now, if God would save the race, a human being had to die to cover the nakedness of the world — someone who could not only pay the sacrifice, but rise again and conquer death forever. That would be God’s only begotten Son, Jesus, born of a human virgin, whose seed came from God — a second Adam, first of a new strain of humanity with God as their real Father.

Now isn’t that simply brilliant? It’s the self-evident proof of the truth of the gospel story.  Who else but God could have thought of this?


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6 Responses to Born to die

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    This is soooo true, i do believe/think: “Who else but God could have thought of this?”

    Also much thx 4 your song “Born to Die” Pastor John, I liked the words and the beat too… 🙂

  2. We may not have been the first t think of this…
    The Egyptian Myths

    About two thousand years before the Christian era Mut-em-ua, the virgin Queen of Egypt, was said to have given birth to the Pharaoh Amenkept (or Amenophis) III, who built the temple of Luxor, on the walls of which were represented:

    1) The Annunciation: the god Taht announcing to the virgin Queen that she is about to become a mother.

    2) The Immaculate Conception: the god Kneph (the holy spirit) mystically impregnating the virgin by holding a cross, the symbol of life, to her mouth.

    3) The Birth of the Man-god.

    4) The Adoration of the newly born infant by gods and men, including three kings (or Magi?), who are offering him gifts. In this sculpture the cross again appears as a symbol.

    In another Egyptian temple, one dedicated to Hathor, at Denderah, one of the chambers was called “The Hall of the Child in his Cradle”; and in a painting which was once on the walls of that temple, and is now in Paris, we can see represented the Holy Virgin Mother with her Divine Child in her arms. The temple and the painting are undoubtedly pre-Christian.

    • Mark Seguin says:

      Good point Tim/ sailway58: I’ve ‘heard’ of this a few times before, yet i’ll ask and wonder did this “virgin Queen of Egypt, was said to have given birth to the Pharaoh Amenkept” have & watch him suffer and dye on a cross and see him rise again 3 days letter? and that’s wat i meant by 2nding what Pastor John wrote… 🙂

    • Ralph Gaily says:

      You tagged it right Tim…. “Egyptian MYTHS”. Satan is a master counterfeiter.

  3. There are mythical resurrections known of before Christ.
    I agree with what you wrote and what John wrote but I also have to admit I struggle with virgin births and, actually, everything about my faith.

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