"Behold The Lamb of God" is not the typical Christmas story. It is, as the writer Andrew Peterson explains, the "true tall tale of the coming of Christ."
In an interview about this program Peterson said, "It's something I've worked on for five years. I wanted to approach the Christmas story from the tradition of the old bards who traveled from town to town telling stories with their music and recording history that way. I thought it would be really neat to make a record that did that, one that was lyrical in its content, and whose songs followed the progression of the Christmas story through the Old and New Testaments. What I wrote is a concert that tells a story. There's no speaking - only songs, some of which are intimate, some epic, some humorous, all with a purpose, which is to convey the true tall tale of the coming of God into the world."
The entire first half of the "Behold The Lamb of God" dwells on the Old Testament (which often gets overlooked, but is really just as much about Christ as the New Testament). A picture is painted of Israel through the stories of Moses, the Passover Feast, the kings like David, and the prophets -- all of which point to the coming of Jesus. The writer, Andrew Peterson wanted to convey how Israel must have felt. We often forget about how long Israel waited and yearned for a Messiah. Peterson writes, "Christmas is not just a holiday. It's an amazing story, and because of Christ, it's not just a story that resonates deep within us, but we are all a part of the story. We're wrapped up in the history that God is writing."
Lori Carpenter, a violinist with the Terre Haute Symphony and a teacher for Vigo County Schools will join our musicians Ed Brown, Kevin Lutes, Joe Milner, Darrell Moss, Chris Mullenix, Faith Parker, Jeannie Price, Mike Scott, Jim Stewart, Paul and Amy Schorr, and Bobbie Thomas for this presentation.
The community is invited to the First Christian Church on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 9 a.m. for "Behold The Lamb of God."