Behold the Lamb of God/The Theme of My Song/Reprise – Andrew Peterson (2004, Behold the Lamb of God)

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I make no apologies for coming back to this album for the third time this month.  By now, faithful readers will understand that it is my favorite Christmas album.  It is, in fact, an impressive effort to clothe the entire Christmas story with Scripture and musical adornment in a way that presents us with a very good view of both the core and the whole of what Jesus’ birth means to us all.

So, I close these Christmas sessions with the finale of songs from this very album that brings emotion welling up inside of me, literally every time I hear them.

When you click on the image to listen, start with the second to last song and listen on through to the end of the song list.  The first song, “Behold the Lamb of God”, is a call to respond to the summation of the Christmas story.  The active verb of this tune fits perfectly within the heart’s natural response to such a magical and mighty event.  The dictionary defines beholding as “to perceive through sight or apprehension; to gaze upon.”  This is what John the Baptist called out to the gathering crowd when he saw Jesus approaching.  In John 1:29, he literally says, “Look!” or “Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”

Here are the lyrics to the first song:                                                                                         Behold, the Lamb of God
Who takes away our sin
Behold the Lamb of God
The life and light of men
Behold the Lamb of God
Who died and rose again
Behold the Lamb of God who comes
To take away our sin
Broken hearts–behold our broken hearts
Fallen far–we need you
Behold the Lamb of God
Son of God–Emmanuel
Son of Man–we need you
Behold the Lamb
The hope of man
Behold the Lamb of God

Then the music blends into the final song, a medley of the entire album.  Snapshot lines from several songs are sung in harmony as these lyrics are chanted in the background:

Glory to Jesus, ancient and strong
Giver of love and the theme of my song
Glory to Jesus, ancient and strong
Come to your people, carry us home
Glory to Jesus, ancient and strong
Ancient and strong

Then the singers align to close with the reprise from the first song, “Gather Round Ye Children” :

So sing out with joy for the brave little boy
Who was God, but He made Himself nothing
Well He gave up His pride and He came here to die like a man                                         So rejoice ye children sing and remember now His mercy                                               And sing out for joy for the brave little boy is our Savior                                                    Son of God, Son of Man                                                                                          Hallelujah!  Sing Hallelujah!

As the song ends, you can hear two amazing things: first, a chorus singing the familiar refrain, “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”  And the last thing you hear is two children singing the old kid’s praise song:

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.              The mountains are His, the rivers are His, the stars are His, too.                                     My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.

The reason why these songs win my heart each time I hear them is because of how they reflect the “children’s fairy-tale story” side of Christmas and the Bible.  Let me explain by quoting Sally Lloyd-Jones from the first chapter of her book, “Jesus Storybook Bible” :

The Bible is most of all a Story.  It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back His lost treasure.  It’s a love story about a brave Prince whole leaves His palace, His throne – everything – to rescue the ones He loves.  Its like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!  You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true.  There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story.  The Story of how God loves His children and comes to rescue them.  It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story.  And at the center of the Story, there is a baby.  Every Story in the Bible whispers His name.  He is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.  And this is no ordinary baby.  This is the Child upon whom everything would depend.  This is the Child who one day would…[jumping to a later chapter]…rescue us because of His never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever LOVE!…It had taken centuries for God’s people to be ready, but now the time had come for the best part of God’s Plan.  God Himself was going to come.  Not to punish His people – but to rescue them.  God was getting ready to wipe away every tear from every eye.  And the true party was just about ti begin…

Listening to those children at the end of the song declare the greatness of God so simply and clear, then beholding the biblical fact that God’s intention and will has always been to rescue us and save us from sin and death – how could anything be more wonderful to behold?!  If you are still reading this and you are willing to place your life into the hands of your Rescuer, Jesus Christ; then this IS your story, too!  And it is absolutely real and true!

This Christmas, let go.  Let go of the anger, grief, and sorrow.  Let go of the debates, frustrations, grudges and scorn.  Let go of the things that you have no control over and the things that are never too big for God to handle.  Let go of everything in your heart and make room to behold the Lamb of God who takes away all of these things and replaces the empty space with His infinite, perfect love!  Behold!

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