LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #11 – “Jump” – Van Halen

“Jump” clocks in as the only single released by Van Halen to reach number one on the US Billboard charts. Easily the most recognizable song the band ever released, it was distinct in it’s ability to synthesize both the keyboard driven arena rock of the early eighties with the hair-metal hard rock of the late eighties. Of course, none of this can compare to the statement made by David Lee Roth in his all white jumpsuit worn in the music video!

Unbeknownst to many, “Jump” was written towards the culmination of the friction between singer, David Lee Roth, and guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. The song was almost written with a certain amount of resistance from Roth, who ultimately changed the lyrics from a song about a suicide jump into a song about jumping into love. No scripture presents this idea better than in John 21:7 “Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard it was the Lord, he wrapped his coat around himself (for he was naked) and jumped into the water.” The same disciple who earlier sank in the water for lack of faith, unabashedly jumped into the water upon realizing the resurrection of his Lord. Sometimes belief in Jesus requires just that, a leap of faith.

Resurrected Lord, you promise us new mercies every morning and new grace possible every day. Despite everything that tells us this can’t be true, grant us the faith to jump, unafraid, into the arms of your love. Amen.


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