Blog #545 Handel’s Messiah/Christmas theme

Christmas Reflections in the Judeo-Christian viewpoint and Handel’s Messiah

We live in a fragmented world.  There are so many worldviews screaming for out attention.  

When I grew up, it seemed to me I heard from the Judeo-Christian viewpoint.  To me, that was one viewpoint. Yes, I was on the Christian side – but Christianity was really more of a Jewish sect – or (excuse me), a fulfillment of Judaism.  There were two ‘testaments’ – the Old Testament – the history of our ancestors in faith (that is – the Hebrews, the Jews), and the New Testament – the history and teaching of a Jewish carpenter called Jewish.  That Jewish carpenter said some interesting things – like “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me”, and even “The Father and I are one” (John 10:30).

Growing up it seemed like society (in Cedar Rapids Iowa) was pretty much uniform.  Yes, in school there were some blacks, maybe even some other diverse groups, but as a whole, we were pretty uniform.  In High School, we had four television options – ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. We didn’t have many options in radio – country, big band/oldies/cooking/talk, and rock-and-roll.  

In the Jefferson High School choir, we sang spirituals and religious based music.  We knew our choir director was Lutheran and the students in the choir all (or that was my assumption) went to Christian Churches.  We had Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Nazarene, and whatever else Christian. And, we seemed to get along quite well.
This time of year, we heard the Messiah lyrics:

  • Ev’ry valley shall be exalted, and ev’ry mountain and hill made low; the crooked straight and the rough  places plain. (Isaiah 40:4)
  • For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
  • And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken It. (Isaiah 40:5)
  • Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel, God with us.
  • (Isaiah 7:14; St. Matthew 1:23)
  • He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. (Isaiah 40:11)
  • All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.(Isaiah 53:6)
  • Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows! He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.
  • (Isaiah 53:4-5)
  • And ending:
  • Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth (Revelation 19:6)
    The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ and he shall reign for ever and ever.  (Revelation 11:15)
  • King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16)

To my ears, it was perfect – And his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Can it get better than that – a wonderful counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting father – and definitely The Prince of Peace.  HALLELUJAH

Are you singing HALLELUJAH this year (at least in your heart)?

Continued tomorrow on Christmas Day!!!

Bruce

 

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