Without a Living Jesus, It’s Meaningless

On October 6, 2007, Phil Wickham wrote the following on his blog:

It’s always a very moving thing to see people singing out, eyes closed, hands raised, in a place like this. I love being a part of a tour that stands for more than simply what is seen. It is very special and I am proud to be a part of it. The song I’ve been ending my set with every night is one off of the new CD called “True Love”. It’s the gospel in a song and every night I can’t wait to get to the bridge. It says the words “Jesus is alive!” over and over again, and I can’t help but smile every time I get to it. If those three words were not true then my whole life, everything I am about and for, would be meaningless. The fact that the grave could not hold Jesus, that He was victorious over death, is proof of who He is and seals everything He came to do. We are redeemed through His life. We are saved by His life. We will live forever in His life. Jesus is alive!

I was introduced to Phil’s music about a year ago and since, I have soaked it up.  Phil’s voice is a glorious testament to the creative wonder of God.  His lyrical style is unlike other Christian artists that I listen to.  It is like Phil is not writing with words, but with yearnings of the human heart.  His lyrics penetrate through the noisy static of our lives to the relational core of Christian theology.  He is profoundly simplistic because each of his songs is really just about bringing harmony to two hearts – God’s and yours’.

Phil has awakened for me a new and deep love and a very emotive thanksgiving.  When I join with Phil in this musical worship, my heart fills up and spills over as I spin with God my lover embracing.  It is joyous and chaotic and removed from all the worries of the day – pure worship.

Phil is right.  If Jesus is not now alive, if He is not the only begotten Son of God, if He is not the living and powerful Word that spoke creation into existence and continues to speak it even now, if Jesus’ story of True Love is not in fact true, then Phil’s life is wasted and the joy I’ve found in the last year because of Phil is nothing more than a meaningless dream.

I’ve learned that seeking to intellectually prove the realities of God is a doomed task (because it requires me to do the work).  Belief in God is not created within me based on my ability to think my way through the problem.  Nevertheless, evidence does exist within my heart.  It is the joy I now know because of Phil’s music and God’s working.  This evidence is something I know to be true not because I have thought my way to that conclusion, but because God has taught me how to feel my way to that conclusion.

Jesus is alive, he is the only begotten Son of God, He is the living and powerful Word, and His True Love story is true.  I know this because the eternity in my heart says it is so.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)