Wouldn’t It Be Christ

Ok – so sorry folks – don’t crick your neck! There’s a blip with the video embedding. Well, we are from downunder afterall! Once you hit the play button it’ll be right way up! Go figure.

Here’s a little fun for you folks and maybe another way of drawing from the Lord’s well of life. I hope so.

A couple of years ago Derek and I put some new words to a Beach Boys song Wouldn’t It Be Nice. We changed the words to reflect what it would be/could be/should be/is like, in the body of Christ, as a local community of saints in one another’s lives under His Headship, giving Him expression. This means sticking it out together through the hard times, just like in a marriage. And when we weather those storms together and don’t abandon ship but turn to the Lord, and look and see Christ in our brothers and sisters, He wins. He gets the glory.

Maybe you are stuck in a rut in how you worship the Lord in song, or how you get to express Him together? Perhaps this will spur on some creative juices in you and open up a whole new way of fellowshipping with Him in songs.

You know, the world is full of secular love songs but the greatest love song of all is the one that God sings to us through Jesus Christ our Bridegroom and that we sing to Him – and when we do that corporately as one voice, as the bride to her Bridegroom? Wowswer. Song of Songs in the Old Testament is a profoundly beautiful revealing of this. Well, I’m sure not saying that this post is like the Song of Songs but the sentiments are the same. When we corporately share Him, eat and drink of Him, waste our lives on Him together, it is like a joyous love song to our Lord.

Derek and I weren’t all that familiar with some parts of this song (as you’ll soon discover) but we sure laughed alot during the videoing of this and it still makes us laugh today (but perhaps it’s just us?!) I heard it said once that if you can laugh at yourself, that’s a good thing. Well, there’s no shortage of that here! And I sense that the church could do with a bit of laughter and lightness right now!

So anyway, dear saint, I thought it could be a bit of fun for you to start your new week and I pray that even though it is definitely a little bit of silliness and reminiscent of the Muppet Show, that still you may be edified and encouraged towards our Lord. I’m just certain that He enjoys it when we have fun with Him together.

Our apologies to the Beach Boys lol.

wouldn’t it be Christ when we’re together

then He wouldn’t have to wait so long

and wouldn’t it be Christ to live together

in the kind of Christ where we belong

you know its gonna make it that much better

when we love, forgive and stay together

wouldn’t it be Christ if when we wake up

in the morning when the day is new

and after having spent the day together

love each other till the Christ shines through

happy times together we’ve been spending

and our praise for Him is never ending

wouldn’t it be Christ

maybe if we love and stay and walk and pray it might come true

then there wouldn’t be a single thing that He couldn’t do

we would be married

and then He’d have glory

wouldn’t it be Christ

you know it seems the more we talk about Him

it only makes it worse to live without Him

so lets talk about Him

wouldn’t it be Christ

Are You Looking For A Fresh Way To Read The Bible?

Derek and I have been asking the Lord to help us get creative in the way that we are discovering Him and expressing Him to one another.  Recently we were listening to a message on getting to know Jesus more intimately as a friend. In it we were encouraged to read the gospels as though Jesus was reading them to us, in the first person.  So I decided to do this the very next day in my own private time with the Lord. Starting with Matthew chapter 1, I set out to swap the words “he” and ‘him” for ”I” and ”Me” as I read aloud. But just before I opened my mouth, the funniest thing happened.

I realised that in every movie I have ever seen that portrays Jesus, the actor always speaks english with either an American or an English accent.  As an english speaking person in an english speaking country, I have grown up in church and amongst friends and family where I have only ever listened to the scriptures being read with an Australian, American or English accent (except for my dear South African sisters and brothers). I started wondering, what about people that are brought up in Scotland? or Ireland? If they were english speaking, they would have only heard the scriptures read aloud with Scottish or Irish accents. I had the thought that if a Scottish production company produced a film on the gospels, their Jesus would speak with a Scottish accent. The thought didn’t even seem ridiculous to me, it just seemed logical. And so, to mix it up and get a bit more creative, I decided to read the gospel of Matthew aloud to myself as Jesus telling me His own story as an english speaking Scotsman!

Now, if you’re not laughing, I would be surprised! I laughed too! A lot! I laughed aloud at the thought of it and I thought of how many people close to me would laugh if they could hear me doing this! But in all honesty, I felt there was really something in this. I really felt it was the Lord leading me to do this, to discover Him afresh and I sensed Him really having fun with me. This wasn’t silly, this was fresh! This was new! And ultimately, this was a genuine exercise (given by the Lord Himself I am convinced) in getting to know Jesus more intimately as my very real friend. And what do friends do together? They enjoy one another, don’t they. They share their lives with each other and have fun together. And that’s just what we were about to do.

So I started reading with a Scottish accent. Yep, I actually did it.  Despite how I seemed to go in and out of a mix of Scottish, Irish and even Indian at times, (still with an unmistakable Aussie twang) it was captivating. Oh, how the scriptures came alive to me! It was as though I’d never heard them before! It was truly as though Jesus was sitting next to me on the couch, just telling me His story.  He was telling me of His adventures with all the colour and delightful expression that our Scottish brothers and sisters are blessed with. And it was delightful indeed. I heard things in His story I’d never heard before. I saw Jesus in a way I’d never seen Him. I saw a whole new part of His personality through hearing different inflections, different emphasis and I heard His perspective differently. It was a fascinating and very moving tale that even moved me to tears at times when I heard my Lord’s story in a whole new light.  I heard his heart ache for John the Baptist. I heard His repulsion over the acts of the Pharisees. I heard His patience and kindness towards His disciples. I saw His identity as the Son of God come as son of Man and how the two were intermingled. I saw His trust and security in His Father. I heard His compassionate heart for the lost. I heard His sense of deep rest.  I couldn’t get enough so I pressed on for many chapters until I got tired.

Guys, this was so grand! It was a wonderful experience and I touched Jesus in a whole new way. I got to experience afresh the Lord’s sense of humour, creativity, His sense of adventure, His willingness to be with me and share Himself with me.

If you’re looking for a fresh way of touching Jesus as your friend through scripture reading, I thoroughly recommend giving this a go. Do as suggested and read the gospels in Jesus own words about Himself as outlined in my first paragraph above. And throw off religious restraints by throwing in an accent.  If you are Scottish (my apologies for my poor reflection of your beautiful language and accent) try an Italian or Russian accent. Go crazy!  You know, for me it just shook all the religion out of my bible reading.  It threw it all off and I was in story time with Jesus.

I’m going to give you a taste with a few chapters that will hopefully make you smile, (and not laugh too hysterically) and see your Lord in a whole new light also. I encourage you to get your cup of tea or coffee, cast off the religious restraints, hit the play button and close your eyes as you listen. And let’s have fun with Jesus. He’s not religious at all, He is wonderful! I hope you enjoy Him in these recordings of Matthew Chapter 2 – 11 from the NIV.

  • Recommended reading – There is a book called Jesus in His Own Words by Robert Mounce. I have never read it but I would very much like to. It looks like it’s near impossible to get a hold of it but even just clicking on this link will give you a little taste of it which might be enough to open up your creative juices into a new way of discovering Christ in the scriptures.

Go ahead. I dare you.