The story behind the creation of this hymn goes back a few months when the organist played "Crown Him with Many Crowns" as the prelude prior to the service. The song was unfamiliar and the music seemed to sing, "Behold the Lamb of God Who writhes upon the tree." So that night, I hammered out the first verse. (Now the last verse). The music suggests a processional, but seems to me to be suited to capture the suffering of Christ--which is not limited to the events leading up to the crucifixion. A few days later I thought of all the times Christ suffered on this earth and made a list. I've written much poetry, most of it free verse. This is the first time I've tried my hand at crafting a hymn and I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. Thanks! BEHOLD EMMANUEL Behold Emmanuel! A manger is His bed; See how the most holy incarnate God now sleeps where cattle fed. The perfect Son of God and perfect Son of Man What lowly birth this night gives birth to God's salvation plan. Behold the Righteous One! Who by the Law's demand Is circumcised; His blood spills forth to fulfill God's command. The Laws we could not keep, He kept them every one. His suffering for sinful man this day has just begun. Behold the King of King who flees from lesser kings, Those who in darkness dwell can't abide the prefect light He brings. Every fox shall have its den, And every bird its nest, But never more upon the Earth shall Jesus Christ find rest. Behold the Bread of Life, fasting for forty days. Though sorely vexed by Satan's snares, no trap of hell could sway. Tempted, but sinning not; the spotless Lamb is He. Cling to Him when temptation arise to gain the victory . Behold the Lamb of God, dying upon the cross, He sheds His blood in agony to spare us endless loss. He suffered cruelest pain To ransom us from Hell. To describe the love of Christ, no words can fully tell. Alternate last stanza: Behold the Lamb of God, who writhes upon the tree, For us His life ebbs slowly away in cruelest agony. Upon Him falls our every sin, And all shame and disgrace Never again can anyone doubt Christ's love for Adam's race.