Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)

This is a beautiful hymn written for use with Communion by the Getty/Townend hymn-writing team (“In Christ Alone”).  I am very thankful for this wonderful song and hope it finds much use in the Church of Christ.

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away,
Slain for us – and we remember
The promise made that all who come in faith
Find forgiveness 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
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.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of love
Around the table of the King.
The blood that cleanses every 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.
So we share in this bread of life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the King.
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.
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

From the Gettymusic.com

The Communion Hymn is exactly what it says it is -a hymn to be used during the communion part of a service – the opening verse sets the context, preparing us for communion with verse 2 focussing on the bread and verse 3 the wine while verse 4 being the response as we leave.

We took several key themes – we wanted to explain simply what each part of communion is about and so use it as a teaching song, explaining the meaning of the elements. We also wanted to write in a way which appealed to the senses ‘ the visual image of the table of the King, ‘drained deaths cup’ . It also brings in the eternal dimension which we try to do in all of our hymns – where we tei the cup to the theme of judgement and the fact that it is part of our communion experience is to remember his return.”

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