Reverberating Repercussions


[Edited with material added]

A hauntingly beautiful song revisited. Once passed over by me, now seeing and hearing with an insight not experienced before. Not so much a revelation, more of an “ah-Ha!”

While listening and reading the lyrics, do you perceive it?

Do you see the tears of the Father as He watches His Son hanging on the cross? Do you feel the agony within His heart as He feels the torment of His Son’s cry? While being rejected in separation from His Father for the first and last time ever. Father did this while our sins poured out on His Son. Yet, He sent this very Son for this reason to save you and me! Can you feel the Father’s torment over His Son’s agony? Sin is a real thing. Sin has consequences.

[Its consequences reverberate throughout mankind’s history and send repercussions even to this period. It will continue until the Father declares it has reached its fullness and truncates it quite suddenly. This world is already under His judgement. That judgement has yet to be executed. When it is, it will be sudden and final. Where will you be reader? Your decision will be final at that time. You have today to make your choice. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.]

At the interim it certainly must have been “a cold and broken Hallelujah.” Especially knowing so many would reject this love for being too harsh, though being accepted by and saving many.

Yes, even eternal love of God can be, at times, bittersweet. Sin does that. Its days have a number. “This far and no further!”

I don’t know…maybe it’s just me. G.W.


About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud [agonized] voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46 (AMP)


Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen


I’ve heard there was a secret chord

That David played and it pleased the Lord

But you don’t really care for music, do ya?

Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth

The minor fall, the major lift

The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, hmm


Well, your faith was strong, but you needed proof

You saw her bathing on the roof

Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya

She tied you to the kitchen chair

She broke your throne and she cut your hair

And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah


Well, maybe I’ve been here before

I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor

I used to live alone before I knew ya

And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch

And love is not a victory march

It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah


Well, maybe there’s a God above

But all I’ve ever learned from love

Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya

And it’s not a cry that you hear at night

It’s not somebody who has seen the Light

It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah


After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:28-30 (NKJV)


Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (He has Risen)

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. (JOHN 20:11-18)

4 thoughts on “Reverberating Repercussions”

  1. GW, I’ve never considered this song in that light, but completely see it. As I read and reread the lyrics I had to think how our human, sinful nature and the way of the world breaks us and brings us to our knees with a cold broken hallelujah. How humbling it is that our Savior experienced that cold, brokenness on the cross for my sins. Just that thought makes tears push to the corner of my eyes.

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    1. Thank you, Beth. When I first gained that perspective and wrote a short piece describing something I saw, I wasn’t sure anyone else would see it. Some possibly thought that I was reaching too far and being too mystical. I’m so glad it re-echoed for you. Bless you!

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