🎶Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the book
Won’t you have to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever had
All I ever had
These songs of freedom
Songs of freedom🎶
Bob Marley has so many great songs. Redemption Song has to be my ultimate favorite. While he is famous for his dreadlocks (a nazarite vow), Rastafarian ethic and signature voice, what very few know is that Marley became a Believer in Yeshua/Jesus and converted to Christianity over one year before his death. Judy Mowatt, a reggae singer who formerly sang backup for Marley in the group the “I-Threes” (which also included Marley’s wife Rita and Marcia Griffiths), recalled learning about Marley’s conversion to Christianity in an interview with Cross Rhythms radio. Marley, who died of cancer at the age of 36, was severely ill in his final days. Mowatt spoke with her former bandmate and Marley’s wife, Rita, about the late musician calling out to Yeshua/Jesus on his death bed.
“When Bob was on his dying bed, his wife Rita called me on the phone and said to me that Bob was in such excruciating pain and he stretched out his hand and said, ‘Jesus take me.’ I was wondering to myself, ‘Why is it that Bob said Jesus and not Selassie,’” Mowatt questioned. “Then I met a friend of mine and he said his sister, who is a Christian, was a nurse at the hospital where Bob was before he passed on, and she led him to the Lord Jesus Christ. So when Rita saw him saying ‘Jesus take me,’ he had already received the Lord Jesus Christ in his life.”
While Bob Marley spent most of his legendary music career promoting the worship of Selassie and railing against Christianity, his final year of life is a testament to YeHoVaH/God’s grace and the fact that no matter how far someone moves away from God, they can always come back to The Lord in repentance and receive Yeshua/Jesus as their Savior. Bob Marley made music that promoted peace, racial equality and love among all people. Yet he still did not find spiritual fulfillment in his message. Instead he found it in Yeshua/Jesus, the Son of God in the flesh, who not only preached a message of peace and love but showed the world its sin and the consequences of it. As the book of Romans states: “the wages of sin is death.” But by giving His life on the cross, He paid the price and punishment for those who choose to believe in Him. And praise Him that Marley seemed to have learned all of this and professed it before he met his own untimely death. And in Marley’s conversion, not only was his soul saved, but he set an example for Judy Mowatt, Tommy Cowan and hopefully many others. Facebook friends, believing in peace and love is admirable but will not save your soul. Only forgiveness of sins through the one who came to Earth to give His life for us. Hopefully more fans will get to know the Savior who Marley called: “my sweet Jesus Christ.” Amen?