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I listened to an album for what seems like the the 100th time yesterday and it might have been. The first time I heard I Still Believe by The Call it was in the movie The Lost Boys in 1987. I was an instant fan of the song and the band.

Easter is about faith, about belief. The argument was settled for me 2,000 years ago. It doesn’t  matter that I cannot prove it. If I could, it would not be faith. The lines of the songs say ,

I still believe
Through the shame
And the grief
Through the lies
Through the storms
Through the cries
And through the wars
Oh, I still believe

 

I have been through enough in my life to reflect these lyrics, experiencing the death of both my parents at a relatively young age, disappointment in the church, teetering on the brink of atheism, and bunch of other stuff that would fill 10 more posts. This is my narrative, my story, for the rest of my life. The lines continue:

I’ll march this road
I’ll climb this hill
Down on my knees if I have to
I’ll take my place
Up on this stage
I’ll wait ’til the end of time
for you like everybody else

 

The power and the passion of these lyrics make me more resolved than ever. Faith is about resolve. Jesus was resolved to climb that hill and die that death to free me from my sin. Faith is about believing all the way to the end and not just in seasons that are convenient for us. The three Hebrew boys thrown into the fiery furnace in the book of Daniel  said,

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter.“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.“But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

 

The closing lines to the song say,

For people like us
In places like this
We need all the hope
That we can get
Oh, I still believe

This Easter, I still believe.

Do you have a song that encourages you this Easter, that gives you the power to push on and dive deeper into the mystery of Christ? Share it below.

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