Rush – “Something for Nothing”

I recently saw the band Rush in concert.  The audience was almost all male and 30+ years in age.  Pretty, funny.

rush 2012

They didn’t play my favorite songs, “Working Man,” “Take a Friend,” “Here Again,” or “The Necromancer.”  But at least they played part of 2112.  So I made a burn CD for my car, I know I still burn CDs, and before that recorded mixed tapes, so I could hear the songs they didn’t play.

I decided to put most of Rush’s album, 2112, on this burn CD, including the song, “Something for Nothing.”  Here are the lyrics to the song:

SomethingForNothingI disagree that “you can’t get something for nothing.”  Grace that comes from God is free to us.  But I’d agree that nothing is free!

Grace is free!  True or False?

Uh, yes, and no!

For us, God’s grace is free.  For God, grace is not free.  The Father had to send his Son.  The Son made the ultimate sacrifice of taking on flesh and being made in human likeness, despite the fact that he is by very nature, God!  That alone is massive sacrifice.  To imagine, God himself, creator of all, in the person of Jesus Christ, defenseless, helpless, as an infant, babe in the arms of his mother.  Imagine, God, who never grows tired or weak, sleepy, thirsty, and hungry, through the incarnation of the person of Jesus Christ.  God who cannot die, who cannot bleed, innocently, cruelly, being beat, tortured, dying, a humiliating death on a Roman cross at the hands of creation, FOR HIS CREATION.  No Grace (God’s riches at Christ’s expense) is not FREE!  Not for God.  Free for us, yes, but it’s not for God.

Just some thoughts I had listening to Rush last night in car.

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Andy Wrasman

I live in St. Louis with my wife and two young kids. I am a seminary student at Concordia Seminary. I've written a book called, Contradict - They Can't All Be True. Be sure to visit my other website: https://www.contradictmovement.org.

One thought on “Rush – “Something for Nothing”

  1. […] Andy:  It’s because they are operating based on their experience, reason, and emotions.  Nothing in this world is free for us.  It’s one of the first things Jessica hammered out of me.  Every time I’d see something for free, she’d say I was so gullible.  She’d say nothing is free.  And every time she was right.  There was some string attached.  Are you familiar with the Rush song, “Something for Nothing”? […]

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