Jesus Christ Superstar



Jesus Christ Superstar

Is it True, or False, or Utter Blasphemy?

Richard Hollerman

In this age, when the truth of God is taken so lightly with many people even denying His existence and His creative work in the Beginning (Genesis 1:1), it probably isn’t surprising that you and millions of other people see little harm in viewing or listening to this musical. Yet God Himself must be greatly offended and even angered over the wicked portrayal of Jesus Christ, His beloved Son and our Savior, in this Rock Opera!

There is no question that this lively musical is popular—but also blasphemous! But what is blasphemy? This term means “impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.” Blasphemous means “uttering or exhibiting blasphemy; defaming” (Random House Webster’s College Dictionary). But how important is the blasphemy that we find in Jesus Christ Superstar?

God says, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). This means that He will not share His worship with any other Being in the universe! When Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice produced this rock opera, they “created” a Jesus that is diametrically opposed to the truthful Son of God found in Scripture. It portrays a “Jesus” very different from the authentic Christ of history (2 Corinthians 11:4).

The Lord also declared, “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness. . . . You shall not worship them or serve them” (20:4). Since the Superstar Jesus is different from the true Jesus of the Bible, it is an “idol” or a false “god.” Our jealous God says that this is sinful and He will not tolerate the “Superstar” Jesus that is counter to the true God or His Son, Jesus Christ! We are forbidden to make a “likeness” of Jesus or to worship or serve Him or such a likeness, for this is idolatry (v. 5). This includes any depiction or portrayal of Jesus!

Tim Rice wrote the opera’s lyrics, while Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music. In an interview, these men said that they viewed Jesus as a “super-prophet” but not “god” in any sense! They presented Jesus in “legend” form who had “great flaws” in their character portrayal of the Superstar Jesus.  They viewed the Lord through the eyes of Judas, the apostate apostle who betrayed Jesus! Thus, they actually viewed Christ through the eyes of Satan, God’s arch-enemy, since the devil used Judas to betray the Lord (John 13:2, 27)!


Jesus Christ Superstar

Besides opposing the wretched, wicked music itself and musicians, why would we oppose the musical content? Several weighty reasons:

First, Superstar is a presentation of Judas’ Jesus and not the true Jesus of the Bible! The Lord called Judas “a devil” since he was totally captivated by Satan (John 6:70), thus we are given Satan’s own view of the blessed Son of God—not Christ’s own view. A false Christ is a “different Jesus” who cannot save (2 Corinthians 11:4).

Second, Judas says that Jesus is “just a man,” whereas He was not only a man in the flesh (1 Timothy 2:5; John 1:14), but also “God” (Greek, theos, John 1:1-3) or “the Son of the Father” (2 John 3), the Son of God (John 20:30-31). Only the “God-man” who is both deity and humanity can save us from sin through His sacrifice on the cross (2 John 7)!

Third, the opera has Judas (the hypocritical thief) telling Jesus to care for the poor, whereas Jesus Himself was constantly blessing the poor (Luke 4:18-19). This misrepresents Jesus, our compassionate Lord!

Fourth, the opera suggests that there was a sexually immoral relationship going on between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. On the contrary, Jesus was “holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26; 4:15). To suggest He was a sinner is to blaspheme His sinless character! To also suggest that Mary was sexually immoral is to lie for Scripture says nothing at all like this (Proverbs 12:22).

Fifth, one scene has Jesus surrounded by people needing healing, but he coarsely sends them all away, “Leave me alone!” Instead, the Lord had “compassion” for those in need (Matthew 9:36; 11:28).

Sixth, when Jesus is arrested, He tells His followers, “Stick to fishing from now on,” whereas He actually told them later to go into all the world with the good news of His death and resurrection from the dead (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:44-48).

Seventh, Judas’ last song mentions both Buddha and Muhammad, but he says that Christ has more attraction now because of how He died. Actually, the Lord was significant because of who He was and is, the reason for His death (to bear our sins), and the fact of His life-giving resurrection from the dead. The opera makes no mention of Christ’s resurrection or life after death (Romans 10:9; Acts 2:32-36). This leaves a Christ who is a pathetic and confused deceiver, not the risen, victorious Son of the living God! Christ’s redemptive death was verified by His resurrection life (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:4).

Eighth, this Rock opera degrades music.  It takes music that should be used to exalt God the Father and Christ Jesus (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19) and lowers it to the level of worldly non-music!

Sadly, this presentation puts Jesus on the cross as a defeated, dejected, deceived crazy man, and no mention at all is given of His wondrous resurrection from the dead in power and victory! “I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (Revelation 1:18). The resurrection shows that Jesus is God’s Son (1:4) and our glorious Lord (Romans 14:9).

If you have accepted the “Jesus” of this rock opera—Jesus Christ Superstar—you need to repent of your idolatry, your blasphemy, and accept Him as your Savior from sin (1 Timothy 1:15), your Lord or King (Romans 10:9-10), and your Creator (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17). One evaluation concludes: “It is blasphemous, satanic, and should be avoided by all Christians.” It is slanderous and filled with deception and lies (Revelation 21:8; 22:15).

Jesus calls on you to find Him the true Savior and Lord. He is not a “Superstar” at all—but your Creator (Hebrews 1:2-3). Believe in Jesus today—the very Son of God! Repent of all of your sins and self-life (Acts 3:19; 20:21), and place all of your faith in Him (John 20:30-31; Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Mark 8:34). Be willing to “die” with Christ and “rise” from baptism to walk a new life (Romans 6:3-4). “Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized [immersed in water], and wash away your sins, calling on His [Christ’s] name” (Acts 22:16; cf. 2:37-41).

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