“Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” by Blind Willie Johnson – NASA’s Golden Record’s witness to Jesus in Gethsemane

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It is fitting that NASA’s  interstellar mission of Voyager includes the song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” on the Voyager Gold Record, being Blind Willie Johnson’s musical depiction of Jesus in Gethsemane; The passion of Christ which concerned humankind, the angels and God, the earth and the heavens. Below are several texts that reveal the cosmic significance of the passion, resurrection, and universal lordship of Christ.

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Luke 22:39-44

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came tothe place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Hebrews 9:25-26

25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Colossians 1:15-20

15 He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
16 For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together.
18 He is also the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
so that He might come to have
first place in everything.
19 For God was pleased to have
all His fullness dwell in Him,
20 and through Him to reconcile
everything to Himself
by making peace
through the blood of His cross—
whether things on earth or things in heaven.

BMC @ Manifest Propensity, 2013

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2 thoughts on ““Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” by Blind Willie Johnson – NASA’s Golden Record’s witness to Jesus in Gethsemane

  1. Certainly, humankind is continually asking God for answers. Once born into God’s eternal family, He will reveal answers as we mature. As a young prince is trained up to be the king or as a young princess to be the Queen, the Father must train His beloved heirs so that His heart is known throughout the land and His inheritance remains in the family. We are in training to rule with Christ. Praise to the King for His deep love for us.

  2. Thanks for your thoughtful and insightful comment. So sorry that I missed your comment when you originally posted it!

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