As we composed the music for “Knowing Jesus,” there were some time gaps that deserved a song, but you didn’t want to force lyrics upon the situation. Some of the moments could be better suited instrumentally than trying to come up with forced lyrics.
One example is the time after Jesus’ birth until his entrance into ministry. This time covers from an infant until he is 30 years old. It’s a large gap of time. It’s the biggest timeframe of his life, but there is little biblical material on the timeframe. We know the magi came to visit, he stayed around in the temple as a young boy, and we are told that he grew in wisdom and stature.
That’s about it.
So, I asked our very own Eric Bryant if he had or could compose some finger-picking acoustic music that would sound like a boy growing into a man.
He said he’d work on it.
That’s why I love this team.
When he let me hear what he was working on, it couldn’t have been more perfect. The progression and movement of the song really does make you feel like Jesus was growing in wisdom and stature. He was increasing in favor with both God and men.
It’s beautiful. I added a little hammered dulcimer to the piece for a little color (though it needed very little).
When we originally did “Knowing Jesus,” we didn’t include it in the live presentation. When we rework it for Easter weekend, we are going to bring it back and do some pretty special stuff with it. We are going to use it to help fill in the gaps and tell the story of Christ in some pretty unique ways. Hope you can join us for that night.
Get chord charts for entire album here.
Listen to a snippet below or get your copy on iTunes.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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