As we approach this Easter Sunday and celebrate the most important day of the year, I am completely overwhelmed by the love of our Savior. It seems the more I study Christ and the longer I live, the more the crucifixion and resurrection impact me. Mere words fail miserably in attempting to describe what Jesus did. My simple mind just cannot fathom a Savior that would die the most physically painful death possible for the very worst in us. My diploma, degree, advanced degree, etc. still renders me helpless when trying to comprehend a Christ that would allow himself to be crucified when he could have blinked and ended the beatings instantaneously.
What kind of love could possibly prompt a God to leave Heaven and take on the body of a man for one singular purpose- To die a brutal and humiliating death? Authors and Song Writers have penned their best efforts for years to express their feelings and the significance of these events.
As children we sang:
“Red and Yellow, Black and White, we are precious in HIS sight, Jesus loves the little children of the World.
“He’s got the whole world in HIS hands.”
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
As simple as these lyrics are, they get the point across to us as well as the more articulate songs we learn as teens and adults. Probably the most popular contemporary song writer and one of the greatest communicators teamed up on this one:
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God” – Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio
But as well worded as this is, I still find these lyrics painfully inadequate. In 1970, one of the greatest song writers of all time gave it his best shot.
“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there’s just something about that name”- Bill Gaither
In my opinion, these lyrics may have hit the target best. When I was writing, I remember days that flowed and other days that I experienced serious writer’s block. Sometimes the words just cannot describe what I want to say. I picture Bill Gaither overwhelmed by the love of his Savior and completely incapable of adequately describing Jesus. “Master, Savior Jesus, Like the fragrance after the rain.” That is a terrific line, but Gaither had to feel he was still coming up short. “Kings and Kingdoms will all pass away” – Another great line, but when Gaither finally realized the words to describe Jesus would never match the matchless, he said it like we do so many times. When we can’t quite put our finger on something, we say, “there’s just something about ________.” So when Gaither says, “there’s just something about that name,” I picture one of the most talented and anointed writers of all time admitting that there is no way a man could ever paint a picture of Christ’s undying love for us.
Maybe Bill Gaither’s simple, possibly even writer’s blocked words say it best: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME.” WHAT A SAVIOR!!