ah, lyrics

I was listening to the radio yesterday (talk radio - how boring, right?) and a commercial came on for the Ten Tenors coming to town. They play background music (I assume of the Tenors) while they tell you how amazing etc. the show will be. And I heard the commercial probably 10 times.

I'm a Queen fan. Hopefully that won't surprise anyone. Anyway, the vocal talent of Freddy Mercury alone puts them in my top 10 for bands of all time. Incredible. One of the songs in the background of the commercial was a cover of Queen's, "Who Wants to Live Forever"(the theme from the film, Highlander, if you can't remember it - if you don't know the movie, then nevermind). I know the song was written for a movie about a guy who is immortal unless his head is cut off - but music has a way of reaching many levels - and this one has always haunted me a little.

the last part of the song says:

Who wants to live forever?

Who dares to love forever?
When love must die

But touch my tears with your lips
Touch my world with your fingertips
And we can have forever
And we can love forever
Forever is our today
Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever?
Forever is our today

Who waits forever anyway?

The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." (3:11)

Who wants to live forever? I DO! After Jesus fed the five thousand, the crowd asks Jesus to give them bread as God had given Moses bread in the desert during the Exodus. He tells them this:

John 6:48-51 "I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

God has created us a forever people. The tragedy of that song is that the guys who wrote it, I think anyway, did not know this. If this earth were all there was to me, if I didn't know Jesus, if the eternity that God had put in my heart yearned to know He who created it and yet remained lost - I would want my life to end too. I would want to just love and experience what good I could today and then, mercifully, have it end in 80 or so years.

Freddy Mercury died of AIDS and though he did not write this song, he sang it with a voice his Creator gave him. And the melody of it haunts me. For men and women have this eternity designed within us. And there is a savior who draws us to himself and who came to save those very hearts who look and ask, "who wants this forever?" And he answers them with himself. He answers and tells us, "You want to live forever because I created you to love you and I plan on loving you forever." He is forever and his salvation is forever and I wish, oh, how I wish there would be more of us sharing forever with him.

All this from a radio commercial. I think I need a hobby. :-)


Ian S. said...

Queen Rules.

That is all.

Brandon and Jenny said...

Ian - do you remember eating pizza (must have been Pizza Hut) in Plainview many moons ago? I bet that jukebox is still playing "Bicycle".

Anne said...

Hey makes me happy that you share these things that the Lord reveals to you through different events and circumstances in your life. I just think it's so cool that this technology makes it possible for you to continue teaching me. I feel like you guys are not so far away. By the should update your picture since your family is bigger!!

Ian S. said...

YEAH! I remember that - that was fun.

I tell that story (slightly edited) to Audrey from time to time. She loves the Bicycle Song, too.

Now I want Pizza Hut.

Brandon and Jenny said...

Hey Anne!

I know - we need a new picture. It's hard getting dressed up and keeping Deacon clean long enough to get a photo. We'll get one soon!