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Behold the Lamb of God
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What we heard was nothing short of remarkable. Before the first track was halfway over, the question in my mind had changed from, "Should we buy this album?" to, "How many copies are we going to get?"
The other reviewers here have written that this is not a traditional Christmas album, and they're absolutely right. This is an album about how God saw the brokenness of humanity and then resolved to heal us. It's an album about the Incarnation -- God's undiluted presence in the man Jesus. Yes, Christmas is when that man was born (or at least when we celebrate his birth), but the story is bigger than Christmas, as this album shows.
The first track is maybe the most Christmas-y one on the album, urging us to remember the birth of Jesus. But where most Christmas albums stop , this one is just beginning. The next several tracks explore the history of why Jesus had to be born in the first place -- the anguish of the nation of Israel in the Old Testament times, their failure to find wholeness even when they ruled their own land, their search for a king who would rule justly over them, and (above all) their rock-solid certainty that one day someone would come and set everything straight.
With that backdrop of longing still redolent in the back of the listener's mind, the last two tracks proclaim the best news of all time -- He has come! The one that prophets and priests yearned to see has finally arrived.Read more ›
The album contains two instrumentals, ten songs, and two bonuses. The instrumentals are quite good. The songs survey the entire Bible and its relevance to the Christmas story. The bonuses show how this old "true tall tale" continues to have real impact on people NOW.
The Songs: The album opens with an invitation to hear the wonderful story of Christ's birth. Knowing that the entire Bible, in one way or other, points to Jesus as Savior, Peterson then proceeds to recount some of the Messianic prophecies and symbolisms of the Old Testament in "Passover Us" and "So Long, Moses". "So Long, Moses" is particularly telling in its contrast of earthly kings and the King of kings--"Prophet, tell us will there be another king like this?"; the use of mixed meters in this song is quite effective. Leaving behind slavery under Pharaoh and moving on to slavery to sin, Peterson offers "Deliver Us," which is sung by Derek Webb, formerly of Caedmon's Call. "Matthew's Begats" does a marvelous job of making a geneology relevant and--is it possible?--not boring but fun. "It Came to Pass" and "Labor of Love" depict Joseph and Mary as very human participants in this story. The subsequent songs take us from the announcement to shepherds to Jesus' role as Savior. What hit me hardest on this album was "The Theme of My Song/Reprise," which employs motifs from previous songs to bring us to the present and real need for Jesus NOW. By album's end, I was in tears. Amazing stuff.
I highly recommend this album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw this concert back in 2005 or 2006. It was great! It instantly became one of my favorite Christmas memories and i often wish i could go to another one if my schedule ever... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adam T, Germany
I have to admit that I’m late to appreciate the music of Andrew Peterson. However, since seeing him in concert a few months ago I’m trying to make up for lost time by picking up... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill Pence
This was a great study for our adult Sunday school class during advent. A unique perspective with lots of great ideas for materials available in the leadership guide available... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. W. Luck
My only regret is that I didn't find this earlier. I loved every song. Labor of Love was touching. Matthew's Begats brought a grin to my face. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Truegrits