LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #3 – “Back In Black” – ACDC
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
It’s hard to believe that “Back In Black,” the album from which our number three song takes its title, was ACDC’s seventh album, coming hot of the heals of their hugely successful, “Highway To Hell.” As the first album featuring new singer Brian Johnson, the song “Back in Black,” was written as a sort of tribute to their late, former lead vocalist, Bon Scott.
As it stands, the song is a celebration of life, as the band refused to write a morbid or depressing song to say farewell to their longtime friend and bandmate. I have to credit the United Methodist Men of Centenary UMC for tackling this song in a morning devotional activity the other week. It was noted that the lyrics, “I been too long I’m glad to be back. Let loose from the noose…I keep looking at the sky…Forget the hearse cause I’ll never die,” have strong Christian undertones. After all, we worship a savior who was crucified hanging from a cross, spent three days buried in a tomb, and then, after it had “been too long,” he came “back,” and through his grace, we’ll “never die.” As a matter of fact, Jesus promises that himself in John 11:26, saying, “Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”
Giver of Salvation, we know that we are saved by grace through faith. Strengthen our trust in you, so that we might live into the abundant life you bring, and receive the eternal life you promise. Amen.