This month’s review from the pastors’ library comes not from the bookshelf, but rather from the CD collection. Behold the Lamb of God: the True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ is not your run-of-the-mill Christmas album. Sure you can find some traditional Christmas hymns – O Come, O Come Emmanuel; The Holly and the Ivy; While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night – but this album is anything but traditional.
Andrew Peterson, a folkish singer, song writer, sets off in this work to tell the whole story of Christmas. Righty, he understands that the coming of Jesus into the world was not out of the blue. The Christmas story has a context. It is only part of the grander story of the Bible. From songs that go as far back to Moses and the beginnings of Israel, Peterson tells the whole story of redemption – as it is promised, hoped for, and fulfilled. The songs move through the stories of the Old Testament to the nativity stories. He even has a song that sings the genealogy of Matthew chapter 1. The songs are beautifully written and the entire album is carefully crafted together to tell the tale of love and forgiveness given to us by the holy Lamb of God – Jesus.
You won’t find any songs about decorations or presents or winter weather, but instead you find something much deeper. You’ll find the story that all of creation is telling. You’ll find the story that your soul longs to hear. You’ll find the tall tale thats so tall it must be true. The tale of God coming to be with us and die for us that we might be saved. The tale of Christmas.
You can buy this album on his website www.rabbitroom.com. If you could own only one CD, this very well may be the one to own.