In 1972 The Doobie Brothers released a song that seemed pretty unlikely for a rock group, yet it became a hit, and continues to be played on Classic Rock playlists. Jesus is Just Alright (with me) was written by a gospel singer, Art Reynolds, in the mid 1960’s, and first recorded by his group, The Art Reynolds Singers. Not long afterward that, The Byrds released it, but the version that became a hit was by the Doobie Brothers. Today we use the word alright to mean “acceptable” or “ok”, but in the ‘60’s it had a more positive meaning like, “cool” or “excellent”. Either way, something important about Jesus can get missed if we don’t let the Bible inform our view. He is much more than cool and ok.
The New Testament letter, Hebrews, was originally written to Jewish Christians and includes many references to the Old Testament. It begins by describing Jesus in clear and unambiguous terms. “The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3 (NIV). In other words, Jesus is fully God. While He was here on Earth on His mission to rescue us, He became human like one of us, but He also never gave up being God. It is by His power that the universe holds together. Humble and approachable Jesus, is also Lord.
As we read Hebrews this week, let’s remember that God the Father loves us so much that He sent His Son to come for us at the highest cost. Jesus wants to be our friend, brother and Savior and He needs to be more than ‘just alright with us’ because He is also God, Creator and King.