Jesus Is Just Alright

By David Cook

In November of 1972, my senior year in high school; I heard a song blasting on the radio that made me want to get up and dance…and still does today—Jesus Is Just Alright recorded by the Doobie Brothers.

The song relates that Jesus was his friend.  I was experiencing a friendship with Jesus day by day, in 72’.  I was so amazed that it was possible to know the Savior of the world; Jesus–the Son of the true and living God!  I was riding the wave of the Jesus Movement, a wave of the Spirit of Christ moving across the USA in the 70’s.

A friend of mine, Ruth Whitlock Ward; a singer & songwriter sang in her song—In The Morning;

“Some people say this is the Jesus movement,

but my Jesus; He’s been moving, for a long, long time.”

The Jesus Revolution TIME Cover

Jesus was on the cover of Time Magazine on June 21, 1971 with the cover story of “The Jesus Revolution”.  But Jesus has been around for a long time and existed before all things.  Saint Paul wrote;

13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and 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 in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.  Colossians 1:13-20 NASB

  1. Jesus is His Father’s beloved Son.
  2. In Jesus we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
  3. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
  4. By Jesus all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities.
  5. All things have been created through Jesus and for Jesus.
  6. Jesus is before all things.
  7. In Jesus all things hold together.
  8. Jesus is the head of the body, the church.
  9. Jesus is the beginning.
  10. Jesus is the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
  11.  It was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Jesus.
  12.  Through Jesus to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Saint Paul wrote to the church in Philippi;

3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   Philippians 2:3-11 NASB

The apostle Paul wrote to believers who lived in Corinth that in the end after Jesus returns He will hand “over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.” [1]

God the Father may be all in all

20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.  1 Corinthians 15:20-28 NASB

Yeshua is the name of Jesus in Hebrew.  Yeshua means salvation.  Saint Peter wrote;

“For Christ also died for sins once for all,

the just for the unjust

so that He might bring us to God…”

1 Peter 3:18 NASB

The One who is just died for the unjust ones.  The righteous One gave His life as a ransom for the unrighteous ones, so that He might bring us into a relationship with God.  Jesus is just all right!

“AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.”  Luke 1:50 NASB

Then in 1997, I remember hearing my children jamming to Jesus is Just Alright recorded by DC Talk.  From generation to generation Jesus is just all right, He is just and all together RIGHTeous!

[1] I Corinthians 15:24 NASB

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