The Crowder Requiem Review: Agnus Dei

“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Grant them rest.”–The Agnus Dei of the Requiem mass.

“There is a Sound” takes several ideas from the Requiem mass text: God’s holiness, God’s glory, and significantly, His name ‘Lamb of God.’ This song is in minor, and has a slower pace. There seems to be a banjo or another plucked instrument, playing a pattern over and over; electric guitar; synthesized sounds; a glockenspiel; and percussion. Right before the direct quote from the Agnus Dei (‘Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away our sins’) the song builds, and then cuts out to practically nothing. It draws attention to the centrality of this text. The Lamb of God makes us whole again.

The theme of the Agnus Dei continues in “Oh Great Love of God.” The song opens like this:

“Victim of our sacrifice,
Gift of love, a perfect life,
all for a wayward bride.
See the lion and the lamb,
How He sits at your right hand
waiting to come again.

Oh Great love of God, who takes away the sin of all of us…”

He brings life to the dead and dying; He is the Servant King; He is worthy. We are the wayward bride, His people who had gone astray. Jesus came and lived a perfect life and became a sacrifice for us as a gift of His love. We are waiting for Him to come back. The lion will lie down with the lamb on the restored Earth; we will be His people, He will be our God, and He will wipe away every tear from our eyes.

Christians sometimes forget the hope of Christ’s return. We live day to day and suppose that it will be this way forever; but Christ is coming back and bringing the dead to life. We cannot forget about eternity. Indeed, we should be living for eternity, because eternity started when God gave you a new heart and made you His own. Is there any greater joy than God’s presence, any greater hope than the hope of living with Him forever? Absolutely nothing and no one is better than my God, and no one else will ever love me like He does. Praise the Lord.

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