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Handel's Oratorio "Messiah"




Sacrificial Mission Of The Messiah

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 The Gospel In Song

"Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29)
"He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3). "He gave his back to the smiters, and his cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; he hid not his face from shame and spitting" (Isaiah 50:6).
"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).
"And with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).
"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).

Rejection of Messiah By The Jews
No. 27 -- RECIT.
"All they that see him, laugh him to scorn; they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads saying:
 No. 28 -- CHORUS "He trusted in God that He would deliver him; let Him deliver him, if He delight in him" (Psalm 22:7-8; Matt. 27:43).

Crucifixion Of The Messiah
No. 29 -- RECIT.
"Thy rebuke hath broken his heart; he is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on him, but there was no man, neither found he any to comfort him" (Psalm 69:20).
 No. 30 -- AIR
"Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto his sorrow" (Lamentations 1:12).
 No. 31 -- RECIT.
"He was cut off from the land of the living; for the trangressions of Thy people was he stricken" (Isaiah 53:8).

Resurrection Of The Messiah
No. 32 -- AIR
"But Thou didst not leave his soul in hell; nor didst Thou suffer Thy holy one to see corruption" (Acts 2:31).
 No. 33 -- CHORUS "Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is the King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is the King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory" (Psalm 24:7-10).

Ascension Of Messiah To Glory
No. 34 -- RECIT.
"Unto which of the Angels said he at any time, Thou art My son, this day have I begotten thee?" (Hebrews 1:5).
 No. 35 -- CHORUS "Let all the angels of God worship him" (Hebrews 1:6).
No. 36-- AIR
"Thou art gone up on high; thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men, yea, even from thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them" (Psalm 68:18; Ephesians 4:8).

Proclamation Of The Gospel By The Disciples
No. 37 -- CHORUS "The Lord gave the word, great was the company of the preachers" (Psalms 68:11).
 No. 38 -- AIR
"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things" (Romans 10:15).
No. 39 -- CHORUS "Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world" (Romans 10:18).

Discipling Of The Nations At The Second Advent Of Messiah
No. 40 -- AIR
"Why do the nations so furiously rage together, and why do the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against His anointed" (Psalms 2:1-2).
No. 41 -- CHORUS "Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us" (Psalm 2:3).
No. 42-- RECIT.
"He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn; the Lord shall have them in derision" (Psalm 2:4).
No. 43-- AIR
"Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel" (Psalm 2:9).

No. 44-- CHORUS

No. 44 CHORUS (2nd)

"HALLELUYAH: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth (Rev. 19:6). The Kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever (Rev. 11:1). King of kings, and Lord of lords. HALLELUYAH!" (Rev. 19:16).


Appreciation/Explanation of Handel's Messiah