Matthias Replaces Judas

Matthias Replaces Judas

Lyrics to “Matthias Replaces Judas” by Showbread: 

it is so that my transgressions have born a withered fruit,

the sun has scorched the rising plans;

alas they have no root, the bleached bones of animals bound by leather strips,

dance through the air with laughter as i wield this wicked whip,

as you did warn me carpenter, this world has weakened my heart,

so easily i disparage, self-seeking the work of my art,

and there you have come to me at the moment i bathe in my sorrow,

so in love with myself, sought after avoiding tomorrow,

where do you find the love to offer he who betrays you?

and offer to wash my feet as i offer to disobey you,

your beauty does bereave me, and how my words do fail,

so faithfully and dutifully i award you with betrayal,

the weak and the down trodden fall on broken legs,

as i walk past a smile i cast, fervor in my stead,

but my bones like plastic, do buckle backward now,

i lay in this field by Judas’ bowels and anticipate the plow,

i can not be forgiven; my wages will be paid,

for those more lovely and admirable is least among the saved,

and where would i fit Jesus?

what place is left for me?

the price of atonement is more than i’ve found to offer up as my plea,

Jesus my heart is all i have to give to you, so weak and so unworthy,

this simply will not do, no alabaster jar, no diamond in the rough,

for your body that was broken, how can this be enough?

by me you were abandoned, by me you were betrayed,

yet in your arms and in your heart forever i have stayed

Your glory illuminates my life, and no darkness will descend,

for you have loved me forever, and your love will never end

“Matthias Replaces Judas” is one of the slower tracks on Showbread’s album No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical. When compared to songs like “The Pig” and “The Sky,” it is hard to believe that they come from the same artist.

 

The song may be lacking in musical brilliance, but the lyrics more than make up for this. The unusual passion found in Josh Dies’ voice adds to the distinct tone of this emotion filled piece.

You cannot escape the thought of the cross when listening to this song. It opens your eyes to your own disobedience and sin. You may think this song is solely about Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, but the lyrics are easily personalized and applied to your own life. Lyrics such as, “by me you were abandoned, by me you were betrayed” and “where do you find the love to offer he who betrays you.” When these words enter your ears and pierce your heart (and they will), thoughts enter your head like, “It was my sin that nailed you to the cross. My hand might as well be the one that held the hammer.” Thankfulness soon follows; thankfulness for salvation, thankfulness for forgiveness, and thankfulness for a love that never ends. If you want a modern song that focuses on the beauty of forgiveness and love, this is one to consider.

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