The Passion of Christ: “Why?” – another wonderful song by Nichole Nordeman

In case you have lost the meaning of the Passion of Christ, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, listen to this song which has moved me to tears many times.

 

We rode into town the other day
Just me and my Daddy
He said I’d finally reached that age
And I could ride next to him on a horse
That of course was not quite as wide

We heard a crowd of people shouting
And so we stopped to find out why
And there was that man
That my dad said he loved
But today there was fear in his eyes

So I said “Daddy, why are they screaming?
Why are the faces of some of them beaming?
Why is He dressed in that bright purple robe?
I’ll bet that crown hurts Him more than He shows
Daddy, please can’t you do something?
He looks as though He’s gonna cry
you said he was stronger than all of those guys
addy, please tell me why
Why does everyone want him to die?”

Later that day the sky grew cloudy
And Daddy said I should go inside
Somehow he knew things would get stormy
Boy was he right
But I could not keep from wondering
If there was something he had to hide

So after he left I had to find out
I was not afraid of getting lost
So I followed the crowds
To a hill where I knew men had been killed
And I heard a voice come from the cross

And it said, “Father, why are they screaming?
Why are the faces of some of them beaming?
Why are they casting their lots for My robe?
This crown of thorns hurts Me more than it shows
Father, please can’t You do something?
I know that You must hear My cry
I thought I could handle the cross of this size
Father, remind Me why
Why does everyone want Me to die?
When will I understand why?”

“My precious Son, I hear them screaming
I’m watching the face of the enemy beaming
But soon I will clothe You in robes of My own
Jesus, this hurts Me much more than You know
But this dark hour I must do nothing
Though I’ve heard Your unbearable cry
The power in Your blood destroys all of the lies
Soon You’ll see past their unmerciful eyes
Look there below, see the child
Trembling by her father’s side
Now I can tell You why
She is why You must die”

NICHOLE NORDEMAN – A Woman of Faith

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(Picture from the Official Website for Nichole Nordeman )

Disclaimer:

  • English is not my native language, so please excuse me any misspellings or otherwise a bad use of the English language.
  • I am writing this on my own initiative and I am not affiliated to Ms Nordeman or to her publishers or agents, or to any commercial interests.
  • My aim with this article is just to share with you some of the wonderful works and interpretations by this remarkable woman and Sister in Faith, together with my personal comments and impressions.
  • I hope that I am not violating any copyright rules or are guilty of any misconduct by publishing this. If so, please let me know by contacting me at lennartwennberg@hotmail.com .
  • I have personally purchased all NN albums and songs I am listening to, from Google Play.

How do you express and articulate a mature Christian faith in text and/or music?

There are indeed many pitfalls. You can use well known clichés to a sing-along tune. You can avoid being personal. You can deny your own doubts. You can pretend that life and faith are without pain. You can try to hide your own weakness. You can hide behind an intellectual shield. You can hide yourself behind a religious screen. You can boast yourself etc.

To make it very simple: Nichole Nordeman is quite the opposite to all this!

You won’t find any clichés. Her tunes are not sing-along-friendly. In fact, like reading good literature, her music and texts are demanding, but very rewarding. She is very personal but without exposing her privacy. She doesn’t avoid sensitive and tough topics. She knows her Bible very well and she seems to be a very humble and kind person.

OK, now to some examples:

A good starting point is “To Know You“, from the album “Wide Eyed” 1998, (even though I prefer the the more “naked” live version from the album “Live at the Door“, 2003).

A wonderful performance is this, “Holy“, 2003(?). This time with a big orchestra with a real string section. I wish I had been there! :

Two songs that are especially strong, for me, and are moving me to tears are these two:

I am” (I want this song to by played at my own funeral.)

When I am weak, unable to speak,
still I will call You by name.
“Oh Shepherd, Savior, Pasture-maker,
hold on to my hand,” and You say “I am.”

Why?

So I said “Daddy, why are they screaming?
Why are the faces of some of them beaming?
Why is He dressed in that bright purple robe?
I’ll bet that crown hurts Him more than He shows
Daddy, please can’t you do something?
He looks as though He’s gonna cry
you said he was stronger than all of those guys
Daddy, please tell me why
Why does everyone want him to die?”

A wonderful song that I have shared with some of my dearest friends this Christmas is “Real“:

Mary you look so serene
Far too pretty, much too clean
We might think we know you well
But what stories would you tell?
Of all the dirt and dust and shame
Every burning labour pain…

I love these two videos that were released 2015:

Legacy”, a song revisited. Originally on the album Woven & Spun 2002:

And “The Unmaking“, 2015, from the album with the same name:

Two more songs from her latest album :

 

OK, and how did I, as an ordinary Swede, discover Nichole Nordeman?

Well, I  was searching on YouTube for Newman‘s beautiful hymn, “Lead Kindly Light“, when I discovered Kari Jobe‘s version of “Be Still My Soul“, to the beautiful tune by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.  I purchased the album “Jesus Firm Foundation – hymns of worship” just  for that song. On that album another song caught my attention, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Look Up)” sung by Nichole Nordeman, and you can imagine the rest…  (But why didn’t this happen at least ten years ago?)
For me, personally, Nichole Nordeman represents a kind of Christian music I have been missing, and been longing for, for many years!  The best word I have for Nichole Nordeman‘s songs is the Swedish word “innerlighet“, a word that I am not sure there is an English word for. Cordiality, is the word that is suggested. OK, you’ll probably know what I mean.

I really do hope that you have enjoyed this post, and hopefully found that Nichole Nordeman is truly a woman of faith..

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Nichole Nordeman – Legacy (Acoustic)

I have just recently discovered Nichole Nordeman and her wonderful songs, and I am swept off my feet! She stands for a kind of Christian music I have been longing for! She is an interpreter of a mature faith with an intellectual touch. Take this song as a good example. Enjoy!

“I don’t mind if you’ve got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who’s who and so-n-so’s that used to be the best
At such’n’such … it wouldn’t matter much

I won’t lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an ‘Atta boy’ or ‘Atta girl’
But in the end I’d like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

I don’t have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthly list of all that I enjoy
It’s an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy

Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, “Well Done” good and faithful one..”

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