Week 1 - Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

(WEEK 1)
Over Christmas time last year, us as a church learnt the relatively new song by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Michael Bleecker entitled Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery. This group of song writers is made up of influential worship leaders, writers, and speakers on the topics of worship and the song of the church. The four stanzas in this song convey the outstanding proclamation of the gospel as it tells the mystery of God’s redemptive plan through the life of Christ.

The first stanza tells of the great mystery of the incarnation of Christ. In a wonderful phrase this stanza names Christ as “the theme of heaven’s praises.”

The second stanza lists several pairs of descriptors of Christ’s life and work:

  • In his living and suffering
  • No trace or stain of sin
  • The true and better Adam
  • The great and sure fulfillment of the law

The third stanza looks at the mystery of Christ’s death on the cross, that the Son of God “stands in the place of ruined sinners” as we “see the Father’s plan unfold.” Believers saved by grace should be forever very grateful for Christ taking our place and like 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For our sake He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

The final stanza brings the hymn to a conclusion by celebrating the mystery of the resurrection of the God of life. It beautifully states that His resurrection is a “foretaste” of our own deliverance when He returns for a second time.
(Some content taken from David Toledo)

VERSE 1
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

VERSE 2
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.

VERSE 3
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.

VERSE 4
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 will we be when he comes.