Recommendation: Behold the Lamb of God
December 7, 2009
For the last two Christmas seasons, I have enjoyed a Christmas album that a friend recommended for me. It is Behold the Lamb of God; The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. It is amazing.
This is not just a collection of Christmas songs, rather, it has a narrative arc that details God’s plan of redemption for His people, from Moses on through the birth of Jesus.
The first song, Gather Round, Ye Children, Come invites us in to listen to the “old old story.”
Passover Us recounts Israel’s bondage in Egypt, and the sending of the plagues, and God’s provision of a blood sacrifice to rescue His people from the fate of the last plague. It then goes on to talk about the priests offering of lambs to attone for the people’s sin.
The next one, So Long, Moses is, I think, my favorite one. It chronicles the people’s longing for a king, their delight in King David, their begging Isaiah to hear that another such King is coming. Instead, Isaiah’s words are “He will bear no beauty or glory, rejected, despised, a man of such sorrow, we’ll cover our eyes. He’ll take up our sickness, carry our tears, for His people, He will be pierced. He’ll be crushed for our evils, our punishment feel, but by His wounds, we will be healed.” I get a shiver down my spine every time I hear those words.
Deliver Us is the song of Israel, now under bondage to the Roman government, chafing for a deliverer and atonement from sin.
Then follows a beautiful instrumental version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and a funny song called Matthew’s Begats that runs through the whole genealogy. My children absolutely love this one!
It Came to Pass is the story about the Roman census, Mary’s visit from the angel, Joseph’s willingness to stay with her, and their trip to Bethlehem.
The rest of the songs continue the familiar story of Jesus’ birth and there are beautiful “tie-ins” to what His birth means for each of us.
This is not a CD to have playing in the background of your Christmas party necessarily. I mean, it’s beautiful and that would be fine. But I love just listening and absorbing the story. It’s like an Advent devotion. Highly recommended!