I am not afraid to share my religious views. I am a Christian and a believer of Jesus Christ. I thought today, during this Holy week and on this day a holiday of remembrance, Good Friday, was a perfect time to share one of my favorite stories of my Lord and Savior Jesus- as told by Willie Nelson.
In February of 1973 a recording session took place in a New York studio provided by Jerry Wexler. Wexler was the vice president of Atlantic Music. He was interested in Willie’s music. This recording session would later become Willie Nelson’s twentieth studio album The Troublemaker.
The country and gospel album was recorded in two days at the Atlantic Records studio in New York City. Besides Willie and his usual backup, the musicians were also joined by Doug Sahm and his band. Atlantic decided that the recorded music was not right for their label. They soon discontinued the entire country music department at Atlantic Records.
In 1975, Nelson signed a contract with Columbia Records. His contract with Columbia gave him complete creative control over his music. After the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger, Columbia published The Troublemaker in 1976.
The title track from The Troublemaker, was written byBruce G. Belland and David Troy Somerville. In its content it describes Jesus as Pilate and many of the Jews and Romans of the day saw him. They did not believe, nor would they accept that Jesus was sent by God to become the savior of us all.
In the Bible in John 19 it reads:
1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. 4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” 6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” 7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
Continuation in the book of John reads:
15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. 16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.
In the final verse of the Troublemaker song Willie Sings-
They arrested him last week and found him guilty
And sentenced him to die but that’s no great loss.
Friday they will take him to a place called Calvary
And hang that troublemaker to a cross.
The crucifixion of Jesus was planned by our God from the very beginning of time. Without the death of Jesus and his resurrection We would all be damned to a fiery hell. The dark death of that great man became our greatest light. Because of him I am saved and each of us are allowed that opportunity if we only ask Him to come into our hearts and wash our sins away.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Happy Easter, Remember Jesus is the reason for the season.