Two Worship Songs for a Maundy Thursday evening

Two worship songs I’ve been listening to this evening and thought others might appreciate.  They’ve helped me to worship the Lord for the gift of His body and His blood, for His willingness to be the sacrifice Lamb:

  • Stuart Townend’s “Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)” from his album There is Hope (Live), 2010.
  • Graham Kendrick’s “Come and See,” (featuring Faye Simpson), from the album The Very Best of Graham Kendrick – Knowing You Jesus, 2010

(There should be an embedded audio file and play arrow above, but WordPress has not always been displaying embedded music correctly lately.  If it does not show up, use these links: Behold the Lamb, Come and See,  but please respect the copyright and purchase the songs if you intend to keep them.)

The lyrics follow below.  First some Scripture verses to reflect on:

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.  (Isaiah 53:5-6 ESV)

So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.   (Matthew 27:24-31 ESV)

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Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)  [See also Stuart Townend’s website]

by, Keith Getty , Stuart Townend , Kristyn Lennox Getty.  CCLI #: 5003372

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away
Slain for us and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgivness at the cross

So we share in this bread of life
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of (peace)  (subsequent verses:  love, grace)
Around the table of the King

The body of our Saviour Jesus Christ
Torn for you eat and remember
The wounds that heal the death that brings us life
Paid the price to make us one

The blood that cleanses ev’ry stain of sin
Shed for you drink and remember
He drained death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God

And so with thankfulness and faith we rise
To respond and to remember
Our call to follow in the steps of Christ
As his body here on earth

Final Chorus:
As we share in His suffering,
We proclaim: Christ will come again!
And we’ll join in the feast of heaven
Around the table of the King.

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Come and See (We Worship at Your Feet)

Come and see, come and see
Come and see the King of love
See the purple robe and crown of thorns he wears
Soldiers mock, rulers sneer
As he lifts the cruel cross
Lone and friendless now he climbs towards the hill

We worship at your feet
Where wrath and mercy meet
And a guilty world is washed
By love’s pure stream
For us he was made sin
Oh, help me take it in
Deep wounds of love cry out ‘Father, forgive’
I worship, I worship
The Lamb who was slain.

Come and weep, come and mourn
For your sin that pierced him there
So much deeper than the wounds of thorn and nail
All our pride, all our greed
All our fallenness and shame
And the Lord has laid the punishment on him

Man of heaven, born to earth
To restore us to your heaven
Here we bow in awe beneath
Your searching eyes
From your tears comes our joy
From your death our life shall spring
By your resurrection power we shall rise

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 1989 Make Way Music,
http://www.grahamkendrick.co.uk

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