I've never been a fan of the rock musician Nick Cave. I've listened to piles of music like his, but never made the time to give him a try. He certainly is an interesting person, and someone unfraid to think deeply about life, and live out his convictions. So I was really interested to come across a Times interview with him today. Cave says, of reading Mark's Gospel, “The Christ that emerges from Mark, tramping through the haphazard events of His life, had a ringing intensity about Him ... it was through His example that He gave our imaginations the freedom to rise and to fly.” He also noted, “Mark just wants to get to the death. It’s done with such urgency.”
Well said, Nick. It's so sad to me that this rock star finds his 'meaning' by proclaiming that nothing really matters. I tried that once, and it's obviously false. But I'm excited that he sees in Jesus something gripping, and shocking. Just maybe, what the drug and the sex and the rock music can't give, he might discover in Jesus.