I first heard of Michael Card’s music in early 1986 from a Brethren In Christ Missionary teacher (Ms. Robinson) who taught me Religious Education at Choma Secondary school. I was a relatively new believer, and the first song I heard was why it have to be a friend who chose to betray the Lord. For many years I did not know who the author was, but I grew to love his music and took time to know more about Michael Card. As a young Christian going through some elementary theology, I immediately appreciated how he took Scripture and put it into music. Since that time, I have purchased all of his albums and most of his books and long to see him in a concert sometime. And yet it is his teaching that I think I appreciate the most. It is what Michael calls biblical imagination. It’s amazing the insights he provides on passages that we have read or heard preached hundreds of times.
The most striking for me is his album on Christmas. No Christmas carols have ever been so meaningful to me by one author as Michael Card’s Album The promise: A Celebration of Christ’s Birth and the Final Word.
Michael is always intentional with his music, oftentimes doing an album and book on a particular theme. In addition to the trilogy on the life of Christ, Michael has done a three album series on the Old Testament, an album and book on lament, an album on Hebrews, one on Revelation, a hymns and a Christmas album, a few albums of songs for children, and most recently an album and book on each Gospel in the Biblical Imagination Series. He also takes an annual group to Israel to tour the Holy Land, which is something that is on my personal “bucket list”.
Now I know Michael is just a fallen man. As Alistair Begg often says, quoting J.C. Ryle, “The best of men are only men at their very best.” But the Lord has used him in a mighty way to help me grow in my faith and knowledge of the Bible through his music, books and teaching.
This Christmas Enid and I would like to wish you all Michael Card for the Christmas festival. His songs are most appropriate and hope that you get blessed.
Michael Card – The Final Word Lyrics
The noise of what we often say is not worth being heard.
When the Father’s wisdom wanted to communicate His love,
He spoke it in one final perfect Word.
He spoke the incarnation, and then so was born a Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born a baby who would die to make it mine.
And so the Father’s fondest thought became flesh and blood.
He spoke the living luminous word, at once His will was done.
And so the transformation that in man had been unheard,
Took place in God the Father as he spoke that final Word.
And so the Light became alive and manna became Man.
Eternity stepped into time so we could understand.