Known around the globe for songs like "I Am Free," "Overcome," "Yahweh" and "Strong God," Desperation Band (led by worship pastor Jon Egan) has never lost sight of their target or the limitless potential of students to impact their world for Christ. The modern worship band returns with the excellent live album Banner
, available everywhere September 30.
With these songs, Desperation Band delivers a powerful set of reminders for today's youth culture. These are songs to fuel The Vow, a commitment to passion (devotion), intercession (prayer), consecration (holiness) and mission (outreach)— four core values that Desperation's founding pastor David Perkins introduced as integral to students' understanding of their identity in Christ and what it looks like in their lives. I had the chance to speak with Jon Egan about "Make A Way
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
In our world, we stumble on these God songs now and again. I know that's a bit subjective and loaded, and I've heard people joke about the moment you credit the Lord for giving you a song, it had better be really, really good. I'm not at all saying that's what happened here, but I knew we had something special with this song. I have the sense that the Holy Spirit wants to use this song and put the words in the mouths of our kids.
I wrote most of the song, and finished it with Jason Ingram. There were a couple of inspirations for the song. I heard Christine Caine speak at our church. She is on staff at Hillsong. She said over and over again, "It's always Jesus. It's always been Jesus. It always will be Jesus." In this day with all the worship music being released, I wanted to get to the core realities about who we are and what we are doing. I was very energized by that.
Another inspiration was from attending a church service in Nashville at a church called The Belonging. The pastor and his wife were sharing about how something on the woman's brain stem was keeping her from getting pregnant, and she was told it was 100% impossible. They knew all things would be made new and made right one day, and we will all live in freedom and healing one day, but they decided to believe something would happen now. They told that story and introduced their multiple children.
I was overwhelmed by the Truth that the Lord is Sovereign and He is making all things new. I felt that I was getting a reminder that He is going to make a way now, too. That is what Jesus did. He made a way when there was no way. He found us. I was stirred up, and the song came out of those realities.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
: See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
John 14:6 (NIV)
: Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLV)
: You have never been tempted to sin in any different way than other people. God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted more than you can take. But when you are tempted, He will make a way for you to keep from falling into sin.
Hebrews 2:17 (NIV)
: For this reason He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.
Revelation 21:5 (NIV)
: He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then He said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
What is the takeaway message?
This song has been blowing up at our church and at youth events. I think they have really connected with it because it gives a voice to people believing for miracles. We did a 5-city tour, and in every city I found myself looking at hundreds of 15-year-olds, thinking "So much will be thrown at you... but the answer has always been Jesus. It always will be Jesus."
When I was fleshing that out for a song, I was reminded that where there was no way, Jesus made a way at the Cross, and He still makes a way. We're aiming for the younger generation, and we're all evolving musically and inspired by different music. We want to inspire those who come after us. We want to lead and be pioneers and be bold in that. We've got a little more security now, and we have nothing to prove, and in that we have the freedom to take some risks.
Our church decided that the Nicene Creed is our statement of faith. That works its way into some of the verses of the song. The elements that are involved are the testimony I heard about, that it always will be Jesus and it always was Jesus and taking verbiage from that ancient Creed.
We all have something in common as human beings in this time and this day. When we are up against the wall we have a choice to believe that we are waiting for the day that God will make all things new, but we also have the ability to believe in something miraculous right here and right now. We can declare that there is a greater reality. He makes a way where there is no way. It wraps up by saying His name, Jesus.
God from God
Light from Light
We believe in One Jesus Christ
The Darkest of nights to save
You alone can save
Hope of Hope
Strength of Strength
All our sin is dead in the grave
Only One has power to save
You alone can save
Where there is no way
You make a way
Where no one else can reach us
You find us
Jesus, it's always been You, Jesus
It's always been You, Jesus
It always will be You
This song is a gorgeous offering of praise to the only One who has power to save: Jesus. I love singing about how Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him as He declared in John 14:6. That's the Way Jesus makes for us to be saved and be with Him in Heaven for eternity.
Once you adopt the words of this song into your heart, then you will remember the Truth that Jesus has always been, He is today and He always will be the One who makes a way for us, even when it seems impossible. That's something to remember and rest upon.
In any situation, God will make a way for His children. That passage from 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a wonderful promise. As we look at the fallen world around us, we all need to lift our eyes up to God and put all of our faith and hope in Him. For the saved In Christ, one day "God will wipe away every tear, there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying."
"All things are possible" when you put your hope and trust in the supernatural power of God. 700 years before Jesus made the way to Heaven by coming to earth, it was prophesied in Isaiah. Christ fulfilled it on the Cross, and promises in His Word that one day He will make "all things new." That's cause to stir to heart to sing at the top of your lungs, "Jesus, it's always been You, Jesus, It always will be You
." Amen to that!
(Watch a live performance here.