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Jesus was a Capricorn

Words & Music by Kris Kristofferson

Akiane's image of Him; source: Google images

Jesus was a Capricorn, he ate organic foods.
He believed in love and peace and never wore no shoes.
Long hair, beard and sandals and a funky bunch of friends.
Reckon they’d just nail him up if He come down again.

‘Cos everybody’s got to have somebody to look down on.
Who they can feel better than at anytime they please.
Someone doin’ somethin’ dirty, decent folks can frown on.
If you can’t find nobody else, then help yourself to me.

Get back, John!

Egg Head’s cousin Red Neck’s cussin’ hippies for their hair.
Others laugh at straights who laugh at freaks who laugh at squares.
Some folks hate the whites who hate the blacks who hate the clan.
Most of us hate anything we don’t understand.

‘Cos everybody’s got to have somebody to look down on.
Who they can feel better than at anytime they please.
Someone doin’ somethin’ dirty, decent folks can frown on.
If you can’t find nobody else, then help yourself to me.

Help yourself, brother.
Help yourself, Gentlemen.
Help yourself Reverend.

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Colton’s story + Akiane Kramarik’s image she drew in “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo, inspired this post.

Have you read it yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27 thoughts on “Jesus was a Capricorn

  1. I have read the book, and thoroughly enjoyed the Kris Kristofferson lyrics. I will be sharing this post with my husband; he’ll enjoy it.

    I loved that little girl’s drawing of Christ.

    • Thank you; I hope your Country Man does enjoy it. I loved what Kris spoke of … how many would recognize him? How many would turn him away? How many?

      Loved that drawing as well, MJ

  2. Excellent book! Through the eyes of a child, we have a glimpse of heaven giving us hope.

  3. I’ve never heard that song before. Will have to find it and listen.

    Yes, I read the book. LOVED it and believed it wholeheartedly. And the image is probably the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen of Jesus.

  4. MJ … this is one book I started AND finished. I loved the fact that it was the child’s story. Even more, I enjoyed the video I saw of the boy during an interview. I find extra joy in the pure heart of a child, if that makes any sense. While children are known to ‘create’ stories, I found his story believable, especially after seeing the interview.

    I’ve always been a Kris K fan. The song you share is a great one.

    • You expressed it perfectly – the joy in his pure heart – contagious.

      Kris K. wrote some amazing lyrics and he was always awfully nice to look at on top of it! MJ

  5. Read the book in one sitting and loved the little girl’s drawing of Christ.
    Have not heard the song but will take time to look it up.

    Thank you for this post.

  6. I have not read it, but I put it on my list.
    Thanks.

  7. I haven’t read it yet, but did hear an interview with his dad. Children don’t know they aren’t suppose to know by adult standards. So they are honest and unafraid to speak about it. Guess it goes back to the Bible – ‘and a child shall lead them’.

  8. I just finished reading it a couplea weeks ago. I also liked Don Piper’s “90 Minutes in Heaven”, but especially enjoyed “Glimpses of Heaven” by Trudy Harris, RN. Harris was a hospice nurse for many years and relates a books worth of stories of those folks who were on the cusp of dying. Tender, insightful and faith reaffirming. Glimpses of Heaven gives me comfort as I deal with my fathers declining health.

    • I read “90 min in Heaven” and loved that as well. I haven’t read “Glimpses of Heaven” but I will check it out now that you bring it my attention. I agree, these stories give me comfort as I miss my Dad and we deal with the passing of other loved ones. Thank you Rich, MJ

  9. Hi emjayandthem, I agree there is no one we can look down on or consider less then us, to do so is very wrong, no one has a right to belittle others regardless of who or what they are or to consider themselves better. As a Christian I believe 100% that God is Love so if I choose to put others down as people of worth I’m not reflecting His Love He died for everyone because Jesus Loved everyone and excepted them as worthwhile. Exulting ourselves is worldly and shows fleshy Pride and no True humility. It does not mean we have to accept the wrong others do or speak, God doesn’t but like Him we do not reject them and if we care we will correct them in Love and because of Love.

    I was wondering why this writer said in a negative way… Help yourself Reverend, was he putting the Reverend down?

    Christian Love Anne.

    • Hello Anne, I cannot speak for Kris Kristofferson who, as an accomplished author and Rhodes Scholar, never hesitated to take on the establishment in his time. From interviews I’ve read, this song was his way of asking if everyone – and he meant everyone – including the clergy – would welcome Jesus today as he existed then. Would we recognize him? Or would we turn him away?

      When he offers himself to the Reverend so the Reverend could look down on him, in my mind, he’s suggesting that this particular person was not living the life he preached.

      You are spot on when you wrote: “God is love and if we choose to put others down we are not reflecting his love”… for all of us .. the hippies, the freaks, the squares and yes even for the Holier-than-thou ones. There’s room for all of us in His love.

      This song reminds me to be more forgiving … and that we are all .. His. Thank you, Anne, for your loving heart and thoughtful comments; I appreciate you,
      MJ

  10. Hi M.J, Thank you for your kind words and I have no objection to what you shared but we need a reality check and to realize the picture many have of Jesus Christ is not the real Jesus that the Scriptures tell us about. He has been presented according to man’s own understanding of what they want Him to be, reinforced by Hollywood , Artists etc .Jesus grew up, He did not remain a meek and mild baby, He was a passionate man who showed His feelings, He cried, He got angry and He knew grief and showed it. He fought injustice and rebuked anyone who put His Father down or His guidelines as well as those considered themselves superior whether they were Religious or Secular. He was not Happy Clappy, He was known as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, He was not a Hippy, He was employed in His earthly fathers business until He Started the work of the Kingdom in obedience to His Heavenly Father. He was not on drugs, He did not have long hair, He was Jewish and unless a sign given by God as it was with Samson, He would have had short hair, He was not good looking he was in Truth hard to look at. He was not Married and he was not a Homosexual, He never sinned He was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He wore what everyone wore in those days which was saddles, today He would properly wear what we wear including thongs. He ate meat and all manner of food, perhaps even processed butter. He drank wine, He never sinned and told others they were not to sin. He Loved everybody but hated the evil they did and so on. They killed Him because He claimed to be God and could forgive sins and so they despised Him because He was not what the picture they had told them He would be like.
    Thanks for letting me share- Christian Love Anne

    • … and I thank you for sharing your perspective 🙂 MJ

      • I meant to add MJ this is not just what I think Jesus was like or as you say my perspective, it is all confirmed in The Bible as well as Biblical and Secular Historical records, as for thongs, they are not much different then sandals don’t you think?
        Take Care Kind regards Anne

  11. June

    Thank you for this….definitely something to think about!!

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