Meaning of “Jesus He Knows Me” by Genesis
In the early 1990s, the English rock band Genesis released one of their biggest hits Jesus He Knows Me. The lyrics of Jesus He Knows Me attack televangelists and pastors who deceive their congregations (viewers) and use the name of Jesus Christ to extort ridiculous amounts of money from them. The satirical lyrics, which strongly condemn televangelism, was written at the time when televangelism was becoming very popular in the United States and certain parts of the world. Around that time numerous prominent televangelists in the United States were either heavily criticized or found themselves under investigations for conning their followers by telling them that they would only receive miracles and financial breakthroughs if they gave their monies to “God”. Interestingly, most of these so called “men of God” enriched themselves with these monies meant for “God” and lived very flamboyant lifestyles.
Many think that Jesus He Knows Me is an anti-religion song, but it isn’t. The song just speaks out against unscrupulous pastors, men of God, televangelists, etc and their fraudulent activities.
- The song was written by all three members of Genesis (Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford), with Collins being responsible for writing the song’s lyrics.
- The song was released on July 13th, 1992 as the fourth single from the band’s commercially successful 14th studio album We Can’t Dance.
- The music video of the song, which received a Brit Award nomination, parodies the highly controversial American Christian evangelist Ernest Angley and his activities. According to Collins, Angley felt flattered by the music video hardly knowing that he was being criticized.
- Contrary to popular belief, the sign “Genesis 3:25” which appears in the music video isn’t referring to the Book of Genesis in the Bible. The sign meant that the band Genesis consisted of three members (Collins, Banks and Rutherford) and had been a band for the past 25 years. It is worth noting that in the Book of Genesis, there’s no such thing as Genesis 3:25 since the third chapter of Genesis doesn’t contain more than 24 verses.
- The song was used in the 1996 Belgian film titled The Eighth Day.
- Jesus He Knows Me peaked at numbers 20 and 23 on the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 respectively.