Gather round, ye children, come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the power of death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man
I wrote about this last year, but hey, look, Christmas comes every year! This music doesn’t get old. You need to listen to Andrew Peterson’s album Behold the Lamb of God (scroll down to the album and click on “Open Player.” You’ll get music and lyrics.). It tells the “true tall tale of the coming of Christ.” Begins in the Old Testament and runs through Christ’s birth and beyond. You get the history of the nation of Israel, the story of Passover, the people’s longing for a king, Isaiah’s prophesy about Christ, a geneology, the journey to Bethlehem, Christ’s birth, the shepherd’s amazement, forgiveness of sins. Listened to it driving back from the airport last night and was amazed all over again at the message and the music. It helps to listen to the whole thing at once and get a sense of how the grand theme of the Bible — redemption — runs through it all.
It’s excellent storytelling and it’s good music by musicians who are in it to glorify God. They’re on tour doing the show — they’ll be in Nashville at the Ryman next week.
Below is a clip of the song “Matthew’s Begats” from the album. Yes, it’s a geneology set to music. It even includes a banjo. Listen carefully to catch everything. I’ll post a few videos of the songs over the next couple weeks. Enjoy.