I am One of Those

This song was written for Easter this year and was recorded live on that Sunday. The lyrics are a meditation on what it means to be “the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not” using images from the gospels. I want to identify with and see myself as the people I despise. Not merely the people that are outcasts or misfits because it seems easy for me to identify with them. Even in accepting broken sinners I have found that I still have a standard of ugliness and social dysfunction that is not much different than that of the pharisees. I know that Jesus came for those at the bottom of the list and I need to see my name down there with all the despised so that I may be less tangled in my pride and ready lay down my life for my brothers and sisters. More than that, I want to understand how far reaching is the love of Jesus, who physically touched those whom others would not even want to be close to or smell. Maybe then I would truly be grateful. Maybe then I would begin to see with the eyes of Jesus who continually saw the value of those around him and judged by the standards of heaven.

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I am One of Those (listen)  (chord chart)

I am one of those, at the table not invited,
And to all here at the feast it’s very plain,
I cannot hide in etiquette or conversation,
But Christ himself sent word to me and so I came.

I am one of those who was dead and fully buried,
And I still bear every stigma of decay,
There is no way I can hide just what I’ve been through,
‘cause when Jesus called I came fresh from the grave.

Though the world may number me among the foolish,
I think Jesus Christ is all I need to know
Jesus suffered and paid blood to buy the lowest of the low
Hallelujah! Amen! That’s me! Yes, I am one of those!

I am one of those, who was a leper and contagious,
The deformities and scars I have today,
Yet while I was vile with sickness Jesus loved me,
And He healed, restored and through and through remade.

I am one of those who was doomed to death in prison,
And I’ve done more evil things than I could say,
Jesus broke inside and there unlocked my shackles,
And to set me free, he died and took my place.

Though the world may number me among the foolish,
I think Jesus Christ is all I need to know
Jesus suffered and paid blood to buy the lowest of the low
Hallelujah! Amen! That’s me! Yes, I am one of those! 

I am one of those, who was hard to love and ugly,
Self-Righteous critical religion was my stain.
So I ran Christ to wash and be discovered,
Jesus came to me and covered up my shame.

Though the world may number me among the foolish,
I think Jesus Christ is all I need to know
Jesus suffered and paid blood to buy the lowest of the low
Hallelujah! Amen! That’s me! Yes, I am one of those!

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16 thoughts on “I am One of Those

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your lyrics and music, Nathan. You have so much God-given talent. Another great song!

    When is the next album coming out?? 🙂

  2. We were really blown away by this song when we heard it during the service, and it is one of my favorites of your newish songs. Thanks for making it available here and on the Cardiphonia blog.

  3. The CP Lynnwood band played this during offertory, and I’ve probably played it 30 times this morning. We do miss you all, but keep up the good work! You bless us!

  4. Truly horrible, I don’t know what you where thinking!! You need to stop listening to so much of that Bavarian yodeling childrens choir you keep talking about. It sounds like you are de-boning a live ferrite with a spoon, inside a small elevator while wearing vintage tap shoes and a sombrero……. Just kidding, everyone else was sooo nice I thought I would through a little spice 😉 Love ya man, great tune, thanks for letting me play it with ya.

  5. Wow, this is excellent. I’ve heard this before, but man, it’s really ringing true and fresh today. I’m grateful God used you to write this song, because I really needed to hear it.

  6. The most moving song! it was introduced to our church. Thank you for sharing it with all absolutely amazing. If honest, we all can relate I too am one of those. Be Blessed!

  7. I found this song on spotify and I’ve listened to it easily 50 times over this weekend. I think it is just perfect. I have prayer some of the lyrics back to God. I really appreciate your songwriting and also the joy that comes through your voice as you sing.
    Thank you.
    Mike Neglia
    Cork, Ireland.

    1. Hey Mike, thanks for your kind words and your encouragement. It is really good to hear how the Lord is using this song in your heart and in your walk with Jesus. Thanks for the note!

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