[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. – Colossians 1:15-20
There are few songs that adequately describe the the person and work of Jesus in such a succinct package. In just a few short verses, Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery rehearses the entire gospel story, beginning with the incarnation, moving to Christ’s life and death, and concluding triumphantly with the resurrection. At his first coming, Jesus came to bear our judgment and stand in our place, so that at his second coming there would be no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and nothing that could separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. So this Sunday, come and worship, and behold, the wondrous mystery that is Christ Jesus our Lord! Here are the lyrics to this new hymn:
Come behold the wondrous mystery in the dawning of the King,
He, the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come;
Look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us
Come behold the wondrous mystery: He the perfect Son of Man,
In His living, in His suffering, never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam come to save the hell-bound man,
Christ, the great and sure fulfillment of the law, in Him we stand.
Come behold the wondrous mystery: Christ the Lord upon the tree;
In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory.
See the price of our redemption; see the Father’s plan unfold,
Bringing many sons to glory, grace unmeasured, love untold!
Come behold the wondrous mystery: slain by death, the God of life;
But no grave could e’er restrain Him, praise the Lord, He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance; how unwavering our hope:
Christ in power resurrected, as we will be when he comes.
You can listen to Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery by watching the video below, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here. As you prepare your heart for worship this Sunday, spend some time listening and reading through the lyrics of this song, pausing along the way to consider “the mystery that was kept secret for long ages” but which has now been revealed, God’s wonderful mystery, Jesus Christ.