Robert Allen Zimmerman is one of the most respected literary minds of the last 60+ years. Among other things, He’s been labeled a poet, songwriter, activist, and the “voice of a generation”. With his song writing, Bob Dylan became one of the most influential and important figures in the 1950’s counter culture scene, the ’60s Civil Rights movement, and in the ’70s he redefined what Rock ‘n Roll music could be. Still to this day he continues to create and push the boundaries of his art. In all of his writing whether a song, poem, or biography, he can be brash, romantic, unapologetic, and beautifully eloquent all in one sentence, yet he is always challenging. He wants us to think. He makes us think. He asks questions others would be afraid to ask and if he doesn’t already know the answer, he’s searching for it. He wrote about love (Wedding Song, Make You Feel My Love), and love lost (Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, Most Of The Time). He spoke out against war (Master’s of War, With God On Our Side), social injustice (Only A Pawn In Their Game, Maggies Farm), his own injustice (When The Ship Comes In, Idiot Wind, Positively 4th Street), and he wrote the sound track for a whole generation in one musical masterpiece (Like A Rolling Stone). In 1964 he released, The Times They Are A-Changin. He knew, even as a young 21 year old that this wasn’t all there was. That someday, “the first ones will be last”. That there was something more to this world, to this Life. I starting thinking this Easter week; Don’t we all search for answers? For a truth? For THE Truth?
Well in all his searching, with all his genius, Bob Dylan found the truth for himself. The Truth that is Jesus Christ. In his song When You Gonna Wake Up, he writes, “There’s a Man up on a cross and He’s been crucified, Do you have any idea why or for who He died?”. He knew the answer. Christ died for him. He died for you. For ALL of us.
Christ was beaten, humiliated, killed, and separated from his Father, so that WE would not have to suffer the same damnation. So that we could have the saving grace that is our salvation, given to us by God, through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, that we may live eternally, not separated, but together, with our Heavenly Father. If only we believe. That’s all he asks of us. To believe and accept this unfathomable gift, and begin living for him.
This weekend, on Friday, remember the gift that was given to you, and Sunday celebrate the wonderful news that Jesus Christ is no longer in the grave, but in Heaven, alongside His Father, watching over you, and waiting till that wonderful day when you will enter the Gates of Glory and into His arms.
Just as Bob Dylan himself realized so many years ago, we know that the Truth, the Truth of Easter, is that CHRIST DIED FOR US. The times, they may be a-changin, but the Truth will never change.