This year our church "performed" (I dislike that word) an album by Andrew Peterson called Behold the Lamb of God. It is a great album and tells the Christmas story with a wider view of history. He starts with the Israelites in Egypt and deals with the passover, then moves foward to the prophets and wisdom literature and then on to the birth of Jesus the Christ. It is a great album that tells a full story. Each song connects to the next to give a much more fuller view of need for, the fullfilment of, and a longing for the return of the Christ.
If you have not already heard the album, you can listen to snippets here, but it really should be added to your collection.
What makes this bunch of songs unique is that I wanted to remind (or teach) the audience that the story of Christmas doesn’t begin with the birth of Jesus. Many people tend to forget or have never even learned that the entire Bible is about Jesus, not just the New Testament. So the musical begins with Moses and the symbolic story of the Passover (Passover Us) and works its way through the kings and the prophets with their many prophecies about the coming Messiah (So Long, Moses) to the awful four hundred years of silence before God told Mary she’d be having a baby (Deliver Us). After the song called Matthew’s Begats, which lists the genealogy of Jesus, the story picks up in more familiar territory with Mary and Joseph and the actual birth (It Came To Pass, Labor of Love). The final song is called Behold, the Lamb of God, which ties together the Passover and the beauty and scope of the story.
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