Tuesday, December 27, 2011

There's No Need for a Line

A response to the song, Where is the Line to See Jesus"


There’s No Need for a Line
Gregg Metcalf
December 25, 2011


It was time for the special
The tape began to play
Congregation sat ready
All eager to hear today

She picked up the microphone
And she began to sing
Her voice was so angelic
The rafters began to ring

Where’s the line to see Jesus
I heard her ask in song
Was he at the store?
This was all so wrong

I sat there in dismay
Wondering why the care
Especially on this day
Of glad tidings everywhere

Little boy in the song
Sounds so sweet to everyone
As sorrow filled my heart
Oh the wrong that was done

Chorus:

There’s no need for a line
To see Jesus the babe
He shows himself on time
To those whom he saves

There’s no need for a line
He is not a display
Truly He is one of a kind
He may show Himself today

Yes, in the blink of an eye
And at the trumpet sound
We’ll join Him in the sky

Every knee will bow low
Every tongue will say
He is Lord of friend and foe

There’s no need for a line
No need for a store
Outside the camp you’ll find
The way, the truth, and the door

There’s no need for a line
The world will only refuse
The one who’s so sublime
Jesus the good news

There's no need for a line
you can find Him everywhere
His blood is the tie that bind
all those for whom He cares

Chorus:

There’s no need for a line
To see Jesus the babe
He shows himself on time
To those whom he saves

There’s no need for a line
He is not a display
Truly He is one of a kind
He may show Himself today



5 comments:

Persis said...

I wasn't familiar with the original song, so I just listened to it.

I agree with you. There's no need for a line.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful Gregg, I agree no need for a line to see Jesus.

Happy New Year.
Yvonne.

Scott said...

Agreed, but I still like the point of the original. With all the emphasis on Santa, aren't you glad at least a few folks recognize there is something wrong if we're not looking for Christ?

Hope you all had a blessed Christmas!

Gregg said...

I think most people "like the point original" because the tune or melody is great, the sentiment is sappy, a little boy supposedly inspired the song, and because Jesus seems to loose "top billing" to "Santa Clause." I get this and am not oblivious to this.

However, to ask the second portion of the question ("...aren't you glad a few folks recognize there is something wrong...} is proof that my point was missed.

You and I are both brothers in Christ and great friends, so let me attempt to answer your question:

1. I am not sure who the little four year old thought should be in a line to see Jesus. If he meant the world or the lost; they would only line up if there were miracles, meat, multitudes, or ministry that benefited them. The crowds show this in the gospel. If he meant believers, well, sure it would be nice if believers worshiped Christ rather than themselves.

2. As usual the song oozes ego-centricity. It emphasizes that gifts come from Santa, and Christ gives his life. Santa? Who is he and why does he get the credit for the grace God extends in providing us with all that we have.

3. If we are going to sing theology, why don't we sing biblically accurate theology?

Scott said...

Gregg, I'm not disagreeing at all. Most music, even much of what we sing in the church these days, is theologically vapid. I was just remarking that in this world where most kids that age don't even know Christmas is about anything BUT Santa, it's refreshing that somewhere out there parents have taught children that if we're not talking about Jesus, something is missing. Just looking for a bright spot. I agree with all the rest. My wife often accuses me of being too negative, so I'm working at looking for the positive!