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Summary: We are frozen and dead until Jesus touches us and brings us life.

Wake Me Up Inside

how can you see into my eyes like open doors,

leading you down into my core, where i’ve become so numb.

without a soul, my spirit sleeping somewhere cold,

until you find it there and lead it back home.

wake me up inside,

wake me up inside,

call my name and save me from the dark.

bid my blood to run,

before i come undone

save me from the nothing i’ve become.

bring me to life

breathe into me and make me real.

bring me to life.

frozen inside without your touch,

without your love, darling,

only you are the life among the dead"


Reflecting on this song, one music critic writes: "Before she ever gets around to saying "Wake me up inside," and "Bring me to life," it is already clear she is calling for some sort of soul salvation. The faintly sensual touches of someone looking into her eyes, and the moving line that appears later, "Breathe into me and make me real" are more than enough to lead the listener into believing that the salvation she seeks is coming from a lover, rather than just some distant God in the sky " (epinions.com).

Are you kidding me? What kind of human lover can "breathe" into a person and make them real? Who can deliver from darkness, nothingness and death? Bring someone to life? Surely, this is an appeal to someone supernatural.

It’s true, a distant God will not do. Not for soul salvation. Only Christianity offers a God who can do, and indeed has done, what this song is crying out for.

Jesus, the God-man, says, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full". He is saying, "Look, the fact is you feel empty, cold, dead and lost because you are empty, cold, dead and lost. But I can change all that. That’s why I came."

Jesus describes humanity as frozen inside. Sin has alienated us from God so that we are unable to feel and experience him. Only his love can warm us, move us, fill us. It is a love that is more than sentiment; it is sacrificial, as seen in his dying on the cross for us. The world is described as a place of darkness: sin, ignorance, fear and despair. Jesus declared himself to be "the light of the world". He saves us from the dark -- everything that makes us afraid; everything that blinds us, enslaves us and keeps us from experiencing the happiness and freedom we long for.

The fact is, we all need a Soul Saviour. I urge you to consider Jesus, whose very name means God’s saviour or hero. Who else but Jesus is life among the dead? That’s what Easter is all about. He died and rose and now, in His Spirit, he seeks the lost and calls his chosen by name. Who else but Jesus can bring someone to life? Only His love and power can do it. He comes to those who feel like they are about to come undone and gives them hope and wholeness.

How do you get in touch with the life, light, freedom and joy that Jesus promises to those who believe? Turn this song into a prayer (which it very well may be in the first place), ask Jesus to do for you what Evanescence is asking Someone to do for them. Let him into the core of who you are. He will wake you up inside and lead you home.

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