Wednesday, March 11, 2009

An Intercessor


I read a pretty moving thing yesterday.  I'm reading U2 By U2.  It's a book about U2, written by U2...if you couldn't figure that out. 

Back during the Joshua Tree Tour, I think, they were doing a large outdoor concert in LA and Bono was receiving more than a few death threats because of his political stances.   One seemed to be pretty authentic and stated that if U2 performed Pride (In The Name of Love) at the LA show, Bono would be killed.  Security was obviously uber-tight, but the show went on.  

Bono says that when it came time to sing the last verse, about Martin Luther King Jr, he just closed his eyes and sang it with all he had, more than a little nervous.   When he opened his eyes, Adam, his bass player, was standing right in front of him.  

That's where the story ended, and while I got choked up at the story of a brother's love and actual willingness to take a bullet for a friend, I couldn't help but think, "What a perfect picture of Christ taking the bullet for us.  What a perfect picture of Christ standing in front of us on judgement day, as we stand before The Perfect, Holy God of the Universe, who looks upon us in our imperfect, far from holy state...but He sees His Son, standing in front of us. 

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, The Man Christ Jesus"
I Timothy 2:5

12 comments:

Jason Sears said...

AS -
My pastor used that same illustration a few weeks ago in one of his sermons . . .

Kregar Community Church Youth Group said...

I know I'm thankful for my Savior!

Thank you for sharing the gift God has blessed you with through your music...

We look forward to seeing you on July 25th at the Champion Family & Christian Center Benefit concert...can't wait!

Tunafish said...

Wow, that's an amazing story. It's kinda disappointing when many were against Martin King Jr.'s stand. But this is the courage that I wish to have and what I would do for the Kingdom. GOD deserves all our devotion and if we're not willing to do what it takes then we will fail. Bono did not fail.

Mayra said...

It's coincidental that you mention this because I actually had an episode dealing with this yesterday. I never thought that I would be the kind of person who would sacrifice myself for another..I never ever thought I would be that way. But yesterday when I found out my dad might be sick I actually told God to leave my father alone, and that I would get sick for him. I think I finally understand Christ's love for us. At least I understand it in a different way.

Adam must really love Bono...

Anita Koller said...

Been a U2 fan for years. I actually am old enough to have seen their very first music video premier...Yikes.

I have never heard that story before, and yes I agree, what a perfect picture. Thank you for sharing the story with us.

Tania said...

My husband and I attended your concert in Miami on March 6th. We went with our good friends, David (Westminster high school principal) and his wife, Sherry. We were very blessed by being there. It's such a joy to worship with an artist who is genuine in his love of the Lord and isn't over-commercialized. Thank you for that. We felt privileged to be your guinea pigs for your new songs. We really enjoyed them!

On a related note, I have to beg you, on my husband's behalf, to release your caribbean version of "Heart of Worship". He hasn't been able to stop talking about it (and singing it) since that night. Do you have any plans to include it in a future album? If you don't, let us encourage you to consider it. You can't deprive the world of such an infectious song! (how's that for melodrama?)

Again, thank you for sharing your gift. May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry.

Tania
drtania98@gmail.com

suchimpulse said...

I especially like the 1 Timothy 2:5 verse. Jesus is the bridge we walk on in our journey to God, isn't he?

I also liked your twitter comment - about Romans 16:20 - I enjoy that thought too!

I'd like to send you a poem I wrote about 1 Timothy 2:5 - okay?

Belinda said...

My brother called me by the nickname , "Bono" , long before Paul used it in U2 - I didn't even like the sound of it ! But, Jesus is constantly in Intercessory Prayer for US , His Children ! It's AN AMAZING LOVE ! How did the photo shoot go for you , Aaron , in Seattle ? Just talked to your Pal , Brandon Heath , and I'm sure he loves you lots and misses you , too ! Did you know - that Michael W. Smith - knows Bono , and meets up with him , now and then ? That is an unique friendship ! Does anyone know why Bono almost always wears Tinted Sunglasses ? He certainly has a heart for helping the poorest people of the world , long live Bono and U-2 ! Can't wait to hear your next upcoming Music CD <> Brother Aaron !!!

Belinda said...

This is God's Plan of SALVATION : ( 1 Timothy 2 ; Verse 5 ) For God longs for ALL to be SAVED...That God is on one side & all the people on the other side and JESUS , our Mediator is between them to BRING them together , by giving His Life for all of Mankind ... this is the Easter Message we rejoice in ! HAPPY EASTER, Everyone <>

Kathleen Summers said...

Love your analogy - THAT brought tears to my eyes.

DanGross said...

Catching up here based on your latest blog entry. Our small group actually spent a semester on U2 based on the book "Walk On." While the book was just all right (written by a fan-boy with his own biases as a protestant priest in Ireland) the discussions that ensued were great. Looks like the book you mention would have been a better choice for that, and having spent the time studying them, I'm not surprised by this. What is the most intriguing aspect of this though is the fact that Adam was the one non-Christian member of U2 at the time (he only accepted Christ recently). Amazing story, indeed.

Becky said...

this is good...real good