All For Love
by Peter Chan on March 19th, 2014

You know when you read something that you’ve read before, and you feel like you learn something new this time that you didn’t see before? You know that feeling? It could be an old children’s book (I swear I’ve read Superfudge a dozen times) or a popular Bible verse that you’ve heard a hundred sermons on. But the last time you read it over, you noticed something that wasn’t there before. Maybe you are now older and wiser and have a more mature perspective. Whatever the case, it’s a great feeling to discover (or rediscover) new things from old materials.
This past week, I listened to a song that I’ve heard before called “All for Love.” Written by Mia Fieldes in 2005, this song appeared on Hillsong United’s Look To You album. I can recall the first time I came across this song; I was immediately impressed with the modulation up from verse to chorus. Not only is it difficult to find well-written worship songs, but it’s even harder to find good ones with well-executed key changes. But then my attention moved to the lyrics. I remember loving the chorus that sings, “Everything I need is You, my beginning, my forever.” As a sinful person who struggles with pride and the overindulgence of self-reliance, I’ve always been attracted to the theme of “needing God.” When I look back, I can think of so many moments when I’ve lost sight of my dependence on Him and He brings me right back to where I need to be (usually, painfully). Anyway, this time, my attention was drawn to another lyric in the song.
“All for love the Savior prayed, ‘Abba Father, have Your way. Though they know not what they do, let the cross draw man to You.’”
I’ve revealed on a Sunday before that I’m somewhat of a crier. Believe me, having these words and this music come through my headphones brought out the waterworks in me. And why not? If there are few things in life that can evoke emotional responses from a numb and desensitized culture, then the sacrifice of Jesus’ life on the cross for our sins should be among them. That the only perfect and righteous person ever to exist on Earth would die so that man could be reconciled with God the Father is mind-blowing and incredibly humbling all at once. And if this doesn’t move us to worship God with our lives, I don’t know what would. So, in preparation for Easter, give this song a listen and hopefully you’ll feel what I was feeling.
Luke 23:44-49 (ESV)
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.
And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

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