All Things New

In Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Jesus’ and his mother Mary’s eyes meet.  Jesus is dragging the cross through the streets of Jerusalem.  He’s bloody, swollen,exhausted, and heartbroken.  She couldn’t bear to look at him, and that day in the theater, neither could I.  Jesus looks at her and slurs the words, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  I nearly came out of my seat at that line, because it was like he was looking straight at me saying, “Behold, I’m making you new.  If this is what it takes to make you clean again, all Hell can’t stop me.”  This song is an invitation to believe that the stories we’ve all heard a thousand times about Jesus, about new life, about sin banished and sinners brought home–that those stories are true.  Those things happened, and still happen, and will go on happening until he raises us up at the last day.  Ephesians says, “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 


To hear the song, “All Things New” from Andrew Peterson, visit:


3 Responses to “All Things New”

  1. Joie Mayfield Says:

    “Behold, I’m making you new. If this is what it takes to make you clean again, all Hell can’t stop me.”

    Wow. Just wow.

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  3. Luke Says:

    That scene in the movie was one of the most moving for me as well. I remember losing it at that point. I think what grabbed my heart the most that day was how the determination of Jesus was portrayed: He is filled with a vision of the kingdom of God and he won’t let the pain and the torture turn Him aside from that vision. There was a joy set before Him and because of that joy He could endure the shame of the cross.

    I love this song for many reasons. For one, I love how Andrew has taken the lyrics of the ancient Christian hymn in Ephesians and put them to music. To think that the first Christians sat in small circles singing the words, “Wake up, O sleeper . . .”

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