On Tom Petty, Rage Against Rage, and Jesus the Christ

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.  So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:66-69

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Cranking up Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to soothe my aching, confused soul has often felt good. For a moment. But it’s been two years since Petty’s death. And the dead greats tend to become mindless background music in Walmart.

I have found poets of our day, and yesters, can well express my earthly pleasures, my sorrows and, yes, at times, my own faulty rage. But in the end their pithy lyrics have no power to keep them or me from the grave. They can’t take away my guilt, and they provide no actual hope.

I have found only One Man who perfectly knows & understands  the God of the universe. The mysterious holy God –  who is not the author of evil but uses evil to accomplish His purposes.

I have found only one man, who is a real mediator — one who perfectly represents the real God AND who represents the real me. Jesus the Christ is the only One who has been shown to fully and finally accomplish something for me and my raging, confused weakness. And it was accomplished by evil acts done by man according to the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God who then raised Him from the dead (Acts 2:22-24). God the Father ‘made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him’ – II Cor 5:21.
My groaning, jumbled mind and emotions find hope only in Christ’s violent bloody cross, His empty tomb and His return.
On this, I can’t back down.

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