The second coming of Jesus Christ has been made clear in the Bible. But, it was not mentioned as to when exactly this is going to happen. That then prompts everyone to be prepared – all the time. The sad reality is that most people are not ready because they do not realize the significance of this event. And even if there are some events serving as warning signs happening in the world today, many still do not pay attention to the deeper message behind them.
Some of these disasters and sufferings have been written in the final book of the Bible. These catastrophic scenarios hinted the end of the world. Keeping that in mind, the big question to ask ourselves is, “If the world will end tomorrow, will I ready?”
“People Get Ready” Urges Us to be Prepared
The reality of Christ’s second coming and the end of the world was not only made evident in the Bible. Many gospel songs that were written also drew inspiration from this. “Jesus is Coming Soon” and “The King is Coming” are just two great examples we can cite. In addition to these, here’s another beautiful song that urges us to be prepared as our Savior is about to come in the very soon.
“People Get Ready” is that song we’re talking about. The narrator in the song encourages people to get ready for the train that’s bound for heaven. The place “Jordan” was used as heaven’s representation. According to him, the only ticket to that ride is their faith and not to forget thanking God for it.
People, get ready
There’s a train a-coming
You don’t need no ticket
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear the diesels humming
Don’t need no ticket
You just thank the Lord
Meanwhile, the narrator mentioned the unavailability of rooms for sinners and selfish people. Therefore, the glory-bound train is mainly for selfless and kindhearted ones.
There ain’t no room
For the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all mankind
Just to save his own
Have pity on those
Whose chances are thinner
‘Cause there’s no hiding place
From the kingdom’s throne
Towards the end of the song, the narrator expressed his eagerness to get on board and he’s ready for the joyful ride.
Additional Song Info
The group called The Impressions was the first to popularize the song in 1965. Curtis Mayfield, who has been a member of the group, wrote the lyrics. The band became very famous for their string of hits in the 1960s. Most of their songs were heavily influenced by gospel music. Also, many of these tunes became inspirational anthems for the Civil Rights Movement. Their hit “People Get Ready” inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. Likewise, they won the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2000.
Aside from The Impressions, many other artists covered the song, including Rod Stewart, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Jeff Beck, to name a few.