Sunday, January 22, 2012

Subpar Christian Songs: Jesus Messiah

I'm aware that any song may be particularly meaningful to someone, so ... Sorry if this is one of yours. But I think we need to promote excellence in Christian music.

He became sin
Who knew no sin
That we might become His Righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross

Love so amazing
Love so amazing

Jesus Messiah
Name above all names
Blessed Redeemer
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of all

His body the bread
His blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled
And the veil was torn

Chris Tomlin writes some great songs. I was shocked to find he wrote this one. It's terrible in the ways that matter.

First and most crucially, the music itself does not suit the song at all. It's too upbeat for the subject of the verses. Then there's the lazy addition of "Love so amazing".

The chorus is ok until the last line. It's like he ran out of steam and couldn't figure out what to insert. So he went with another lazy choice: "Lord of all."


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