Have you ever thought about our Savior, Jesus, singing? Probably not. Is it recorded in scripture that Jesus sang?
A scripture that most all Christians are very familiar with is found in Matthew 26 and in Mark 14. In these scriptures Jesus tells His disciples to go into the city, look for and follow a man carrying a pitcher of water, his house is where we will meet for the Passover meal in his upper room. He selected the house to meet in and what meal they were going to celebrate together. He is leading this time together with His disciples. This is the Last Supper. He would be betrayed by Judas that very night and His crucifixion was imminent. Jesus is in the upper room with His 12 disciples eating before going to the Garden of Gethsemane.
I like to think of this time as the transition between the Old Testament keeping of the Passover and moving into the Christian observance of the Lord’s Supper. This we do in remembrance of His sacrificial death, burial and resurrection, until He comes again.
Soon Christians around the world will celebrate Easter on the first Sunday of April this year, His crucifixion, death and resurrection. If Jesus did sing, this timeframe would seem to be the most unlikely time for Him to sing a hymn.
But, He does. At the close of their meal He and His disciples sing a hymn.
“And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.”
What hymn did He sing? At this time a Methodist hymnal had not been printed, nor was a Brethren hymnal, and certainly a Pentecostal song book was not in the works. What “Hymnal” did they have? Well, they sang the songs of King David, the Psalms. We are not told of the specific hymn they sang. However theologians and Bible scholars seem to think that part of the hymn sung included verse 24 of Psalms 118.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
We sing the chorus; This is the Day the Lord has Made, rejoicing that it is Monday or Wednesday and we are going to be glad. This is all well and good. However for Jesus, who knew what was before Him, this was “THE DAY” for which He had come into our world. Ready to pay the ultimate price for the salvation of mankind. So this chorus we sing has a much deeper spiritual significance than we might give it. The reason Jesus could sing is found in the book of Hebrews.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.
Hebrews 12:2 (my emphasis)
“The devil does not stay where music is.” Martin Luther
Now we sing of His amazing grace!
Because He lives we now walk on The Richer Side of Life
“What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments.”