I Call That a Bargain…

These are the lyrics to the song “Bargain”, by the Who:

“I’d gladly lose me to find you
I’d gladly give up all I had
To find you I’d suffer anything and be glad

I’d pay any price just to get you
I’d work all my life and I will
To win you I’d stand naked, stoned and stabbed

I’d call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I’d gladly lose me to find you
I’d gladly give up all I got
To catch you I’m gonna run and never stop

I’d pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I’m gonna drown an unsung man

I’d call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I sit looking ’round
I look at my face in the mirror
I know I’m worth nothing without you
In life one and one don’t make two
One and one make one
And I’m looking for that free ride to me
I’m looking for you”

Most people assume this is song about a man (an “unsung man”) doing everything he can to get the woman he desires.  On that level, the song works very nicely. But just suppose for a minute that the two people in this song are someone different. Imagine that the singer of the song is actually Jesus, and He is singing about you:

I’d gladly lose me to find you  (Jesus would leave His carpentry and home in Nazareth to go looking)
I’d gladly give up all I had (even including His life)
To find you I’d suffer anything and be glad (including being whipped, beaten and scourged by Roman soldiers)

I’d pay any price just to get you (including laying down My life)
I’d work all my life and I will (All My ministry will be devoted to winning souls for God)
To win you I’d stand naked, stoned and stabbed (stripped of His clothing, beaten, then nailed to a cross)

I’d call that a bargain (Jesus would have done this if only one person ever believed Him)
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

The part about “I sit looking round, I look at my face in the mirror” could be ascribed to one who has heard the message of Jesus and understands what a sacrifice He made. They know they are “worth nothing without Him”.

So the next time you hear this song, think about it from this point of view. What Would Jesus Do? More like, What DID Jesus Do…

Peace – Chester

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