Laugh Now


Laugh now
Manna from heaven
Laugh now
Laugh now

Laugh now
We're coming together
Laugh now
Laugh now

If wishes were horses
The beggars would ride
And raise up their voices
To golden red skies

I'm moving up further
I'm swimming upstream
I'm digging my best, I'm holding onto the tree

Laugh now
I'm waiting forever
Laugh now
Laugh now

Laugh now
Travelling farther
Laugh now
Laugh now

If wishes were horses
The beggars would ride
And raise up their voices
To golden red skies

Laugh now
Laugh now
Laugh now
Laugh now

I can see where we're coming
From the tops of the trees
Feel the heat of the sunshine, feel the cool of the breeze
I can't take any orders
'Cause I do what I please
But I see your reflection and it's shining on me

Laugh now
And I'm laughing louder
Laugh now
Laugh now

You're spoilt for choices
You have to decide
Are you gonna be there the day the dead gonna rise ?


Lyrics by:
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He who laughs last laughs loudest.

Laugh Now and Marathon Man find Ian taunting detractors with his success and longevity. Fuelled with a 'Needless to say, I had the last laugh' mantra, the My Way LP is what the Alan Partridge autobiography Bouncing Back would sound like, were it ever set to music. If they did happen to bump into one another at a petrol station, Brown and Partridge would have much to chat about, given that they both drive Lexi.

Manna came not from heaven. With a puffed up chorus formed around Luke 6: 25, Ian won't be laughing for too long. Manna doesn't keep. Manna perishes. It melts away every morning and turns foul if stored overnight. The Bread of Life, the living bread that came down from heaven, rose from the tomb. Manna will not get you to heaven. Bread gets you to heaven. Manna nourished only one nation for a brief space of time. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life. In Exodus, when the children of Israel gather up the manna, Moses cautions them not to gather too much. They are to gather only as much as they need for that day, confident that tomorrow, God would provide for them again. Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Predictably, the people ignored Moses. They gathered more than they needed, then stashed the rest for another day. When Jesus says, "I Am the Bread of Life", He isn't offering to give us bread; He is offering to be our bread, to be to us what bread is: the sustainer of life. Rather than give us our daily bread, Christ, in covenant, wants to give us this day our daily bread. Give us this day our epiousios bread. This petition of the Lord's Prayer is for the eschatological bread of the kingdom to come. Give us this day our supersubstantial bread. Never will you find something in the Old Testament that is greater than that of the New. This world is the betrothal ... the wedding will be in the days of the Messiah. The fulfilment is always greater than the type or shadow, and we have arrived at the consummation of time. Abraham longed to see my day; he saw it and rejoiced. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. When Joshua and the twelve tribes crossed the Jordan River to complete the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, the waters parted. When Jesus is baptised by John in the Jordan River and comes into the Promised Land, the heavens part. The Old Testament created expectations; the New, realisations. In the Old, man seeks God. In the New, God seeks man. The Old Testament, on its own, is a lock without a key, a promise without a fulfilment. The New Testament without the Old is an end without a beginning. The New is in the Old, concealed; the Old is in the New, revealed. Manna was a foretaste of the Promised Land; the Eucharist is a foretaste of heaven, the bread of the world to come. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. This new Exodus points, not to an earthly Promised Land, but to a Messianic banquet, a heavenly Promised Land. Moses delivered only earthly blessings (Deuteronomy 28); Jesus lifts up our eyes from earthly goods to bestow spiritual blessings (Matthew 5). Do not lay up treasure for yourselves on earth, where there is moth and rust to consume it, where there are thieves to break in and steal it; lay up treasure for yourselves in heaven, where there is no moth or rust to consume it, no thieves to break in and steal. (Matthew 6: 19 - 20). The first public sign of Moses was to change the water of the Nile into blood. Jesus begins by changing water into wine at Cana, pointing forward to 'the hour', when He will change wine into blood. All of salvation history is being recapitulated in Christ. In Exodus 24, Moses sprinkled blood on the people and said: "This is the blood of the covenant". At the Last Supper, Jesus offered up the cup of His blood, the blood of the New and Everlasting Covenant. This divine drama only finds resolution in the last act, in the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride" is an English language proverb and nursery rhyme, originating in the 16th century, which is usually used to suggest that it is useless to wish and that better results will be achieved through action.

"Are you gonna be there the day the dead gonna rise ?" is a moot question. Everyone will 'be there' when the dead rise, since Jesus Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. The only way in which 'there' comes into the equation is whether you are there with the sheep, or over there with the goats. We can tell you this from the Lord's own teaching, that any of us who are left alive at the Lord's coming will not have any advantage over those who have died. Coget omnes ante thronum.

He who laughs last is also the slowest of mind.


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