And, since we’re talking about it: Here is some behind-the-lyrics info for you. In Scripture, the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) all effectively portray Jesus in strategically and intentionally different ways. Matthew shows us Jesus as the Messiah, the “Jewish Jesus”, and the fulfillment of all the Messianic prophecies to which the Jews had held so tightly. Mark shows us Jesus as the “suffering servant,” the lowly, meek, self-denying humble King, who laid Himself down for His friends. Luke (who was a physician) wrote an account that shows us a picture of Jesus the human—the one who relates to and connects with us in our humanity, who hungers, who gets tired, who is in every possible way human, though He is also God. And John shows us a picture of Jesus as the God-man. The earthly embodiment of the omnipotent Creator and King of heaven.
When I was studying through some of those themes years ago, I thought it would be awesome to try to write songs that communicated the same truths about the character of Christ, and then, voila! The Prevailer EP was born!
- “From Zion” is my interpretation of Mark’s Gospel, and it’s depiction of Christ as “The Jewish Jesus.”
- “Crown of Thorns” was based on Mark’s image of Jesus as “The suffering servant”.
- “Flesh and Blood” draws from Luke’s Gospel, showing “Jesus the man”, and asks the question, “How can a man like me be a man who’s so unlike me?”
- And “Open Heaven” is written from John’s Gospel, painting a picture of Jesus as the Divine King—much more than just “a man like me.”
I’m not sure if I ever explained this publicly. I thought y’all might find it interesting.
God bless! :)
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