An unlikely Easter hymn

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watchingth-1
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.

Spend some time with the lyrics of this song by Leonard Cohen and tell me if you don’t see a Jesus…

Who knew all about how to sail a boat including where the fish were and how to regulate the wind and the sea;
Who walked on the water;
Who was lonely;
Who is the savior of drowning people (indeed, you have to be drowning before you can even see Him);
Who will lead all who see Him into freedom;
Who was broken;
Who was forsaken;
Whose death covers all time even before the sky opened over His baptism, His transfiguration and His death, indeed before there was a sky;
Who was human, but somehow different;
Whose wisdom is wiser than the wisest man;
Who wants you to follow Him though it means believing in what you can’t see;
Who shares His own mind with those who trust Him;
Who will perfect our humanity through His death and resulting life.

Happy Easter week, and keep  your eyes and ears open to the truth which can show up anywhere.

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3 Responses to An unlikely Easter hymn

  1. Al says:

    For some reason, Leonard Cohan has always been a favorite of mine. (Even married a Suzanne:-)
    Many of his lyrics are less than religiously correct but his haunting voice and lyrics always draw me in.

  2. Ralph Gaily says:

    uhhhhh…. okay

  3. lwwarfel says:

    Always loved this song, even before I gave my life to Jesus. Glad I can hear it’s meaning with the ears of Christ now. Thanks for enlarging it for me today.

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