Behold the Lamb: It Came to Pass

Track 1: Gather Round, Ye Children, Come
Track 2: Passover Us
Track 3: So Long Moses
Tracks 4 & 5: Deliver Us & O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Track 6: Matthew’s Begats

One of my favorite comedians is Brian Regan. In his most recent DVD, he has a really funny segment on reading, during which he takes issue with the phrase “One thing led to another”…. Click here for the clip.

Unfortunately for Mr. Regan, this is how the Bible narrative often advances the story. The authors cover the “highlights”, but by no means record a complete and detailed history of the world, or of the life of Jesus Christ. They don’t use the phrase “one thing led to another”, but that’s essentially what’s going on in many places.

We see this in the gospels, as none of the four gospel writers mentions much about the first thirty years of Jesus’ life. When we combine the four accounts, we see the angels speaking to Zechariah and Elizabeth, and to Mary and Joseph, about the birth of Jesus. Then he’s being born, worshiped, and dedicated. Then fleeing to Egypt. Then suddenly he’s a boy teaching in the temple, and the next thing you know, he’s thirty, being baptized, and beginning his ministry! The last verse in John’s gospel says: “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

Sometimes a good storyteller needs to get to the good stuff. That’s what Andrew Peterson does with the next song on the album, It Came to Pass. It’s a short & sweet summary of the events leading up to the Savior’s birth, as recorded in the Bible. Enjoy!

It Came to Pass

It came to pass back in those days that Caesar, he decreed
A census should be taken of the Roman world, you see
So everyone packed up and headed back to their home towns
And Joseph up from Galilee to Bethlehem was bound

So it came to pass this man named Joe was with his fiance
But when her pregnancy began to show he planned to go away
But it came to pass that in a dream an angel of the Lord
Said, “Joseph, don’t you be afraid to marry Mary for
The little baby in her womb it is the Holy Spirit’s work
You may have read the prophet said a virgin would give birth

So it came to pass that Joseph was the noblest of men
With a woman on a donkey on their way to Bethlehem
And I wonder whether either was aware enough that day
To know the child would bring a Kingdom
and the old would come to pass away

Yes, it came to pass that Joseph was the noblest of men
With a woman on a donkey on their way to Bethlehem

Go on to Track 8: Labor of Love

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