LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #32 – “Don’t Fear The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Blue Oyster Cult’s 1976 song, “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” is one of those rare examples of a song that achieved equal parts mainstream success and critical reception. Released off of their album, “Agents of Fortune,” the song was written by guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and revolves around his iconic six-string lead melody. Of course, many of us remember it best for Saturday Night Live’s parody featuring Christopher Walken and his famous, “More cowbell!”
According to Dharma, “It’s basically a love song where the love transcends the actual physical existence of the partners.” While on the surface, the song appears to concentrate on everlasting love, at it’s core, the lyrics are an emotional, heartfelt lament regarding the inevitability of death. The Bible, however, is quick to respond to answer who “Fears the Reaper,” saying in Hebrews 2: 14-15, “14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he also shared the same things in the same way. He did this to destroy the one who holds the power over death—the devil—by dying. 15 He set free those who were held in slavery their entire lives by their fear of death.” Through Jesus Christ, death has been defeated, and we have nothing to fear, because by his grace, we are promised eternal life.
God of Grace, it is human nature to fear death and worry about what is to come. Encourage us to have faith in your Son, Jesus Christ, by whose grace, we are forever freed from any reason to fear death, because he has promised to reign in us and with us for eternity. Amen.
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