BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1013 - "The Same Jesus" by Matt Redman
The music veteran talks about the inspiration behind his new song.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1013 -
Posted: March 31, 2020 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Let There Be Wonder is the latest live worship album by one of our generation’s most influential worship leaders, Matt Redman. Worshippers worldwide have been consistently blessed by Matt's songs: “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” “Holy,” “Never Once,” “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Better Is One Day,” “You Never Let Go," and “Heart of Worship.”

Let There Be Wonder has fresh spirit-filled songs for the church, not to be missed. The album centers on how Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Every song lifts the name of Jesus.
 
If you’ve always enjoyed Matt's worship anthems, you’re in for a real treat with this album. The exciting opener, "The Same Jesus," sets the tone with the upbeat Brit-rock musical arrangement, with the crowd clapping along.

I really like the call to worship. I find myself frequently singing the catchy chorus throughout the day. It has a great melody. And, I would love to sing it with fellow believers.

These great new worship songs really set me in the proper mindset to praise God for loving me so much. Giving His life away for the lost. The album's musical vibe is exciting.

The melodies and lyrics are catchy and biblical. Don't miss out on this incredible worship album; one of the best of the year, for sure. I had the chance to speak with Matt about “The Same Jesus.”

 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I’m really excited about "The Same Jesus." I think it’s a song that’s trying to remind us that there’s a bigger picture than just me and Jesus. Often, our worship songs can be that. And, sometimes that’s okay to sing about just you and Jesus in this room and at this moment. But, it’s also important to remember that we don’t just worship the God who is, but also the God who was, and God who is to come. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The song started from a bible verse in Acts 1:11. The phrase, “This same Jesus,” struck me. And, I realized there was a song in that. He’s going to come back someday. Any time in history, He’s always there, whether it be the creation, the cross, or His future glory.

That was the heart behind this song: to write a song about Jesus who is always in our lives. God is on the move right now. There’s still more to come. We're in a living, breathing conversation with a living God. We have an active faith.
 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Acts 1:11 (NKJV): “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
 
Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV): “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
 
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV): “Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV): "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

Romans 8:18 (NKJV): "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
 
Romans 8:28 (VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."

Psalm 9:10 (NKJV): "And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You."

Hebrews 10:10 (NKJV): "By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

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."

Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV): "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin."
 
What is the takeaway message?

I love that when we worship Him in the here and now, we’re worshipping the same Jesus who spoke creation into being. It's the same Jesus who walked the earth, who went to the Cross, who rose up from the dead, and who will come back again.

We’re caught up in His eternal story. And, it’s a beautiful thing that we get to worship Him as the God of yesterday, today, and forever. The One who was, the one who is, and the one who is to come. One theme that shone through so strongly on this record was the name and character and story of Jesus.

I think there's a need in our society and in the church to absolutely name Him, to not just speak generically about who God is, ut to name Him, as well as declare, say, and sing the name of Jesus.

An important part of faith in God’s track record is faultless. We can trust in everything He says; this is all going to turn out good. We want to bring people into the big picture of proclaiming that Christ will return. That’s an important part of our faith.

We don’t sing about it as much, but it has implications for evangelism and living holy lives. I managed to include the reference of Jesus returning into three of the songs on this album including "The Same Jesus." The things we sing about determine the type of disciples we become.
 
Lyrics

This Jesus
Who carried our shame
This Jesus
Who rose from the grave
The same Jesus
We worship today, we worship today

He came to us
In grace and in truth
He's still with us
And still on the move
The same Jesus
He is making us new, He is making us new

I know that my Redeemer lives
I know that my Redeemer lives
He's still keeping all His promises
The same Jesus, the same Jesus

He's commanding
The wind and the waves
His kingdom
Forever shall reign
And we know that
He is coming again, He is coming again

I know that my Redeemer lives
I know that my Redeemer lives
He's still keeping all His promises
The same Jesus, the same Jesus
I know that my Redeemer lives
I know that my Redeemer lives
He's still keeping all His promises
The same Jesus, the same Jesus

O, He's the First and the Last
The Beginning and End
At the sound of His cry
All the world came alive
And He formed us from dust
Put His breath in our lungs
We were made for His love
But we ran from the light
But He wouldn't give up
On His daughters and sons
So He took up the cross
And He laid down His life
Then He did what He said
When He rose from the dead
And He's coming back again

I know that my Redeemer lives
I know that my Redeemer lives
He's still keeping all His promises
The same Jesus, the same Jesus
I know that my Redeemer lives
I know that my Redeemer lives
He's still keeping all His promises
The same Jesus, the same Jesus
(Whoa) O, forever the same
(Whoa) Forever the same
(Whoa) He's still keeping all His promises
(Whoa) The same Jesus, the same Jesus

 
Closing Thoughts
 
Worship is about submission. Our roles, as worshippers, are defined in "The Same Jesus": to just be amazed and in awe of God. Worship is about giving God our best, offering all of ourselves to Him. All we can do is submit to Him and give everything we have to Him. Christians, everywhere as we approach Easter, know that we all have a reason to reflect on God's Holy and Perfect sacrifice of His son Jesus. He died for us so that in Him we might know God's righteousness.  
 
As followers of Jesus, we know that we can trust God's Word. We are all a work in progress. Have faith and let God "work all things together for good." Spend time with God and let Him redeem and restore you. We are not at the end of our story. God's still writing our stories of redemption.

God wants us to know that He's faithful to complete what He's started in all of us who've put their hope and trust in Jesus for salvation. As Matt sings, “He’s still with us, and still on the move” is a nod to C.S. Lewis’s writing, “Aslan is on the move.”
 
We can't earn grace. And, we can't do anything to gain life other than accepting Jesus. Jesus loves us so much that He came down and took our punishment so that we can be with Him forever. This tune is a call to worship that really gets me excited to sing along and celebrate. The song's energy is a great way to infuse enthusiasm into your worship set. 
 
When you sing the words of "The Same Jesus,” don't just sing it, but know it and live it out. Make Jesus the Lord of your life. Make every activity and thought point to Him.

When you sing, do you do so in complete submission or just sing the words? The song's sentiment represents something that the global church can cling to and proclaim loudly. A great outcome of memorizing the song's words is that you're ultimately singing God's Word.
 
The timeless passage, Hebrews 13:8, has an application for us today as we live in these uncertain times dealing with anxiety about COVID-19. Or, when we question whether God can really love us after all of our mistakes. Jesus is ever true to His Word. What He spoke on Earth, He affirms in Heaven.

The Word is a message of grace.  So, take comfort in the truth expressed in this song, which comes directly from God’s Word. As this song proclaims, “This Jesus/Who rose from the grave/The same Jesus/We worship today, we worship today.” I sing this song to God with my heart and know that "my Redeemer lives/He's still keeping all His promises/The same Jesus/ The same Jesus.”  Amen to that.
 

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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