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12/23/15 at 09:24 AM 1 Comments

Best. Song. Ever. A Christmas Present for You

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What’s the greatest day in history? Christian theologians are of two minds. In general, most are inclined toward the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which we celebrate at Easter. This historic day and event is, indeed, crucial to redemptive history. Jesus Himself declared that “‘for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name’…And then a voice came from heaven: ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’” (cf. John 12:27-28) His purpose — the essence of His mission — was to die and rise again, bringing glory to His Father and providing the (one and only) means of salvation to people and peoples. Yes, the day of Christ’s resurrection should rightly be considered the greatest day in history.

But could it be that another great day was essential for THE great day to take place? The answer is a resounding “yes”. For in the same way that Christ’s mission ended miraculously, it also began miraculously. We call it the virgin birth. We celebrate it at Christmas. A mission cannot be completed successfully until after it has begun. Christ’s mission began (from our human, temporal perspective) on the day He was born. You can’t have an ending without a beginning. You can’t complete a mission without starting it. “When Christ came into the world He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God.’” (cf. Heb. 10:5-7) And He did. Oh, yes, He did. He glorified His Father — utterly, completely, perfectly — and “by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ gonce for all.” (Heb. 10:10)

The “greatest day”, then, is really two. The day Jesus Christ was born miraculously of a virgin, and the day He was resurrected miraculously from the dead.

The “greatest day”, then, is really two. The day Jesus Christ was born miraculously of a virgin, and the day He was resurrected miraculously from the dead. Yet we rightly roll the two up into one and consider the completion of the mission — Christ’s death, burial and resurrection — to be the “greater of two equals.”

This Christmas, my desire for you is that by God’s grace and for His glory you remember both the beginning AND the end of the mission, that your redemption came through the birth and death of Jesus Christ. And to help you remember that, I want to give you a present. I want to give you what in my mind may just be the best song ever. (Or perhaps I should say BEST. SONG. EVER. Or #bestsongever!)

Disclaimer: I did NOT write this song. I wish I had. If I were a songwriter or musician, this is a song I’d want to have written. But I didn’t. It was written by my friend Suzana Benke. She’s Brazilian, yet she wrote it in English. And she nailed it. Her English is perfect. But more than that, her theology is spot on. In fact, everything about the song qualifies it as a contender for “best song ever”. Let’s review:

  • Doxological? Check.
  • Christocentric? Absolutely.
  • Compelling and engaging lyrics? And how!
  • Includes the individual AND collective (the nations) objects of salvation? Yup. They’re in there.
  • Remembers God’s mission, and that we play a role in it? Sure does.
  • Catchy melody? You bet.
  • Singable? Very much so. In fact, I hope you will include it in your own prayer and praise times as well as introduce it to your church.

God touches my heart profoundly every single time I listen to and/or sing this song. Perhaps that’s why I consider it the BEST. SONG. EVER. Have a listen. The lyrics are below and you can listen here. (You can find the chord sheets here if you want to play it in your church or during your personal devotions.) I bet it’ll at least make your TOP TEN list. And it will, undoubtedly, help you have a wonder-filled, worshipful Christmas, which is exactly what I wish for you.

THE GREATEST DAY (by Suzana Benke)

The veil was torn
The earth trembled
And darkness came over the whole land
Our hearts were torn
We were lost
Would we ever see you again?

Then you rose from the dead
Let us never forget

The greatest day in history
You gave your life for me
The greatest day in history
You changed our eternity
Death was beaten forever
Let us always remember that day

We've been healed
By your wounds
You carried our pain
We've been redeemed
By your grace
Nothing will ever be the same

Because you rose from the dead
Let us never forget

The greatest day in history
You gave your life for me
The greatest day in history
You changed our eternity
Death was beaten forever
Let us always remember that day

We will sing before the nations
There is salvation
Because of that glorious day
History has been changed

The greatest day in history
You gave your life for me
The greatest day in history
You changed our eternity
Death was beaten forever
Let us always remember that day

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I'm João, but you can call me John. Since meeting Christ at age 16, my driving passion has been to glorify Him! I’m a “Great Commission Entrepreneur.” I love to start and lead anything — mission agencies, churches, businesses — that helps fulfill the Great Commission. I also love to speak, teach, preach and write about God's glory in all areas of life and among all peoples of the world. You can contact me at joao.mordomo@gmail.com; find out more at www.johnmordomo.com; link directly to this blog at www.llvd.net; and follow me on:

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