Lady Gaga’s folly (a very dark day)

Contrary to what Lady Gaga sings in her song, “Judas,” the betrayal of Christ was not a trivial thing nor was Judas some “demon” of love that would strike up passion in the heart of fantasizing adolescent girl. The mockery of Jesus was a dark and horrible event in history that should make even the hardest of heart at least pause and take notice. While she may sing a pop dance tune of foolishness, I want to make just a few very brief points.

There was loneliness at Calvary.

No party here. No dancing. Even the Father turned His back on Jesus as he took on the sin of the world. He was alone, he had no mercy, and he suffered an agonizing death. Even the light of the sun hid itself as darkness fell on the earth. Jesus was engulfed in a great horror, abandoned and alone.

There was laughter at Calvary.

It was a different laughter, though. It was not the laughter of love or a night on the town as Gaga would have us think. They took his love and threw it in His face as he hung upon the tree, much the same way we throw His love in His face as we live in our sin daily with no thought of what He went through for us. But Jesus never lost trust in the Lord. He didn’t trust that God would save Him from the cross, He trusted that the Father would raise Him up on the third day!

There was a LORD at Calvary.

Death had no sting. The grip and finality of the cross was waived by the glory and faithfulness of that third day. The glorious triumph of the Lord was the key to our coming triumph over death in our own lives. We no longer have to carry our sin around like chains of bondage. We are set free from its grip and are living in the light of His love.

The love that Jesus offers us is so much more than a frivolous notion of infatuation. I must say, a pop song that speaks of loving Judas is no match for a love that has stepped out of a tomb after a three-day battle with death itself.

John 19:30 “it is finished!” A battle cry of love! All that needed to be done was done… At least on His part. The rest is up to us. We are loved. He just wants us to love Him. I pass no judgement on Gaga. I pray for her. She is searching for answers, just like we all have. I’m thankful for each of you that has found your peace in Him who is the Prince of Peace. “though your sins be as scarlet,” Isaiah says, “they shall be made white as snow.” Gaga is just another of us misfits that hasn’t realized how much she is loved by One who can make her life worth while. My prayer for her is that she will understand how much she is loved before she meets Judas for real.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the cross of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to His blood

See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flowed mingled down
Did e’re such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were a present far too small
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my heart, my life, my all!
–Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)

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~ by Scott Herrin on April 23, 2011.

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