This is an unlikely Christmas song written from the perspective of a non-believer,and for all that is a very powerful corrective to the 'mild and holy' brigade who would still consign Jesus to His infant status , as a cooing baby in a cosy crib. At this time of year it is easy to forget that Jesus was a thorn in the side of the religious cant and hypocrisy of His day, and for His pains He ended up on a cross. They don't crucify well-meaning do- gooders as a rule ,usually that fate is reserved for the perceived Rebel and Revolutionary..." But if any one of us should interfere / In the business of why there are poor / They get the same as the rebel Jesus. " The song was written by Jackson Browne and first appeared on The Chieftains album The Bells of Dublin in 1991. The Rebel Jesus is a welcome change from the usual musical slush that prevails at this time of year, and confronts us with some awkward questions as to the implications of Jesus' life and mission for us today.You are unlikely to hear this one booming out as you trek the shopping malls this year, so if you want to rectify that, learn the song and sing it at full throttle as you go ! -GOSh.
THE REBEL JESUS