for King & Country – Baby Boy
If you told me all about your sorrows
I’d tell you about a cure
If you told me you can’t fight the battle
There’s a Baby Boy who won the war
The war was won by a Baby Boy
(Chorus) Alleluia, we can sing it
Alleluia, Heaven’s ringing
Endless hope and endless joy started with a Baby Boy
Oh, before that silent night
No Savior and No Jesus Christ
The world cried out so desperately
And the Baby Boy was the reply,
Yes, Heaven’s reply was a baby boy
See, the King is coming down
And He’s here without a crown
The Baby Boy without a bed
Giving life back to the dead
And hear the angels shout it out
As the people are coming down
Alleluia, what a King
When I was thinking about songs I wanted to include in my 27 Days of Christmas Music blog-a-thon, I had a list of simple criteria that each song needed to meet to be included in my list. First and foremost, the song itself has to get at the heart of what Christmas is really about. As much as I enjoy singing along to ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ every year at Christmas time, you won’t find it on this compilation of music. Second, the song has to be performed by artists/musicians who sing about the love that was born on Christmas all year-long, not just in the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. (My deepest apologies to Mariah Carey, who has some spectacular Christmas songs but was cut from the list based on this stipulation). Third, I have to like both the song and the artists/musicians singing the song. A lot.
Reading this list, it doesn’t really sound like it would be too complicated for me to come up with 27 songs, and maybe a couple of bonuses, for my blog-a-thon. If I’m being honest, the first 5 songs I came up with were not that hard, and for King & Country’s Baby Boy soared to the top of my list.
If I continue to be honest, my liking of this song has nothing to do with my son, Alex. It is not a very well-kept secret that Alex is a bona fide for King & Country fanatic, and, I may add, quite deservedly so. As you listen to this song, I think you’ll understand what I mean. To quote myself from a previous post when I first reviewed this song, “Baby Boy has all the elements of a classic Christmas song: lyrics with vivid imagery, sweeping vocals, and of course, sleigh bells.”
Yet to me, this song touches me beyond the typical classic Christmas song.
As I re-read the lyrics to this song, I couldn’t help but think about holding my own baby boy some 6 years ago at his first Christmas Eve candlelight service. Alex, at the tender age of 5 months, was fresh off his debut stage performance as baby Jesus in our church’s stage production of the Christmas Story. Aside from probably being the biggest baby Jesus re-enactor ever at a whopping 20 pounds, I thought Alex gave what was perhaps that most spectacular re-enactment of the birth of Christ since Jesus himself was born. (OK, so I may be a little biased…but he was pretty fantastic!)
Sitting in the back pew of my church gazing at the sweet face of my own baby boy as he slept peacefully in my arms, I was brought to tears thinking about another mother who once held her own sweet baby boy in a lowly stable on that first Christmas. I wondered what Mary must have been thinking as she held the newborn baby Jesus in her arms, and kissed his sweet face for the first time.
I was thinking about the fact that the baby in her arms came so that the baby in my arms might one day truly live.
My thoughts began to wander, and I couldn’t help but wonder if Mary knew in those first moments with her newborn son that one day unprecedented pain would come for Him. Unprecedented pain, followed by unprecedented joy on Easter morning. Maybe Mary had an inkling of what was to come, but if I were to guess, I’d say it was pretty unlikely.
What I do know, however, is that Jesus’ holy Father knew.
He knew, and He chose to send His own beloved son as a human sacrifice completely out of His love for you and for me.
To paraphrase the words of for King & Country, Jesus came as the cure for our sorrows. When we feel we can’t make it one more day and that our daily battles are too much for us to bear, we need only remember that a sweet little baby boy has already won the war.
In my own words, don’t let the life and sacrifice that sweet baby boy so freely gave be for naught in your life. This Christmas, give your battles to Him and live freely under His grace.
He came for Christmas, but even more importantly, He came for what was accomplished on Easter.
“Endless hope and endless joy started with a Baby Boy”
~for King & Country
(You can view the official lyric video for ‘Baby Boy’ on my Pinterest Board, along with the videos from the first two days of my Christmas music blog-a-thon, by clicking here. You can also listen to the song on Spotify by clicking the blue link at the top of this post.)
Super huge, don’t miss it side note: If you live in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, or even Illinois and are a fan of for King & Country, tonight is a night you’re not going to want to miss. (And, if you’re not already a fan of for King & Country, I can guarantee you will be a fan after attending tonight’s performance. for King & Country is the only group my son, the musical connoisseur Alex, heartily endorses!) The Proof of Your Love Christmas Tour will be happening tonight at the lovely Grand Horizon Center in Elkhart, Indiana beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are just $10 and available at the door. For more information, visit the radio sponsor WFRN’s website by clicking here.