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    2. “Turn with Me to Song Number One!”

    Retrospective #62(b) February 14, 2018 Randy C. Hicks
    Author of "Behold, Behold the Lamb of God"
    Author of "Behold, Behold the Lamb of God"

    Retrospective #62(b) 
    “Turn with Me to Song Number One!”
    Randy C. Hicks

    Does anyone recall when the first song in a Salvation Army Song Book was one that came from the pen of Richard Jukes?

    Wikipedia tells us - While Richard Jukes left his mark in Kendall's history as a hymn writer, his work as a minister was widely appreciated.

    It is noteworthy that, after a number of appointments where he would have been the junior, Jukes was appointed to three of the most significant Circuits of that time. Tunstall, Staffordshire was the place of origin of Primitive Methodism and Ramsor had been almost as significant.

    Darlaston was very much the leading light in the Black Country. Jukes spent a large part of his active ministry in The Black Country and retired there.

    The first line of that song was “Behold, behold the Lamb of God!” Compiled and published by Rev. William Booth, General - its title was THE SALVATION SOLDIER’S SONG BOOK! Above this song at the top of the page you will find the following:

    Suitable for all meetings where the direct object is the immediate salvation of sinners.


    Behold, behold the Lamb of God,
    On the Cross;
    For us He shed His precious blood,
    On the Cross.
    Oh, you who still His love defy,
    And all His grace and power deny,
    Draw near and see your Saviour die
    On the Cross.

    Come, sinners, see Him lifted up,
    On the Cross, He drinks for you the bitter cup,
    On the Cross.
    The rocks do rend, the mountains quake,
    While Jesus does atonement make,
    While Jesus suffers for our sake,
    On the Cross.

    Where’er I go I’ll tell the story
    Of the Cross;
    In nothing else my soul shall glory,
    Save the Cross.
    Yes, this my constant theme shall be,
    Through time and in eternity,
    That Jesus tasted death for me,
    On the Cross.


    That this should be the second song in this series is interesting in that we are approaching the day in the church calendar when we will do just this –

    John 1:29 New King James Version 
    ”…Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

    There’s more to follow – stay “tuned!”

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