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Beholding the Lamb of God

On Sunday, we had our Christmas Celebration at our church. We put on a musical/play based on Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb” CD mentioned in this blog). It was a lot of fun, and it was great hearing people comment on how Lord-honoring it was (thanks, Andrew Peterson). That was our prayer from the beginning. We presented the true story of the coming of Christ from Moses to the cross. Someone told me they never have seen emphasis placed on the death and sacrifice of Jesus presented at Christmas…only the birth. They thought the death was only celebrated at Easter. I had to say that if it wasn’t for His death, His birth would mean very little.

Some of my highlights…

  • Seeing and hearing all the faces of my dear brothers and sisters in Christ…lifting up their voices to the King of Kings! I especially enjoyed hearing my Paige and Michelle sing a lovely duet.
  • It was fun to see my son Benjamin playing the king, as well as Mike.
  • Watching my youngest son play Pharoah (yes, I was concerned when he begged me if he could play the “bad guy”. I think he wanted to wear the cool hat). By his request, he asked Grace, Faith (his sisters), and Allie (a friend) if they could fan him with palm branches (Oh brother, right? Should I be concerned about this?). They graciously did, and I think he was the only one who stayed cool during the play! Mike played Moses, and did a great job!
  • Seeing and hearing Baby James playing the part of Baby Jesus. Ah…the humanity of the Son of God and the Son of Man! A friend at church said this was the first time he ever thought about Jesus crying (it was not a silent night…).
  • Seeing the beautiful cross (made by Mike) appear behind our (foam board) family tree of Christ (based on “Matthew’s Begats”). We had all of the names in the genealogy of Christ, found in Matthew 1, placed on the tree. When we sang “Behold the Lamb”, the tree was moved, and the cross revealed!
  • I couldn’t find my folder…someone had accidentally moved it. So, I had to “wing it” on one song. However, I realized that messing up on a few words reveals my humanity, my imperfections, and it allowed me to share with a few how there is only one perfect, and sweet Lamb of God.
  • It was also neat to see my somewhat reserved daughter, Faith, play an angel—flying solo. She has come a long way this year. It was great to hear and see all the sweet angels singing. I enjoyed seeing the shepherds with their sheep. Thankfully… the sheep did not shed all of their wool (which was the cotton  “baa”-atting that the girls glued onto angel costumes they had made for them). At dress rehearsal on Saturday, the little lambs discovered the sheer delight that could be found from shearing their wool with their own hands—LOL. I am still finding pieces!
  • Seeing Mary and Joseph (Larry and Libby) labor…showing the labor of pain and love that Mary went through (and thankfully our pregnant momma who played this part did not go into real labor…yet!)
  • I also enjoyed trying to visualize what these songs would look like…when acted out, and seeing it all come together. I am thankful for the memories we made as we were remembering our precious Lord and His awesome sacrifice.
  • Glorifying His name, lifting Him up, spreading the good tidings of great joy…that was the ultimate highlight!

Some great verses…

Gen 22:7-8  “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, ‘My father’: and he said, ‘Here am I, my son.’ And he said, ‘Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’ And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering’: so they went both of them together.”

John 1:29  “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.’ ”

1Peter 1:18-19  “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

Rev 5:12  “Saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.’ ”

Rev. 12:11  “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Rev 21:23  “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

One Response to “Beholding the Lamb of God”

  1. bc Says:

    Though I belly-ached and complained about practicing and preparing, the final product did make it worth it all. But my thoughts about next year are still firm…

    Nonetheless, thanks for all your effort. You did a good job praising the Saviour.

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