Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 21, 2014 … Our “Hallelujah” Chorus

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 355

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in video of The Royal Symphony and Choir performing Hallelujah Chorus, … the crowning glory of Georg Handel’s Oratorio, “The Messiah” … And then USE THIS LINK  to see/hear a beautiful exposé about Handel’s creation of his masterpiece Oratorio, The Messiah, where the biblical explanation of Handel’s work is proclaimed and explained.

Highlight Passage #1 Hebrews 9: 11 [NKJV] … Christ will come again as our High Priest to fulfill His final mission …
  11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 
Highlight Context - Hebrews 9: 11-22 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   The explanation of the necessity of Messiah coming as Christ to shed His blood in the fulfillment of God’s covenant to mankind

Reference Passage #1 - Revelation 21: 5 [NKJV]
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” 

Reference Passage #1 - Revelation 22: 20b [NKJV]
20 … Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Julie Ackerman Link, uses a reference to the glorious oratorio, written by Georg Frederick Handel, to illustrate the reality of what is to come as we now celebrate the first coming of our Messiah, Jesus, during this Advent Season; but we should not forget, as Handel meant to highlight in his oratorio, that we should also be celebrating, with anticipation, the second advent and return of our Messiah to claim the remnant of His Bride and to re-establish His Kingdom on earth with the coming down of the New Jerusalem.

 I hope you would find about an hour and take the time to take in the beautiful YouTube videos to which I’ve linked any readers here in this blog (see above). The first is of the Royal Chorus and Orchestra performing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and the second, a 54 minute, musical op ed piece, describing the biblical background of the entire Handel oratorio, The Messiah, which Handel wrote and performed later in his life (1759).

 When The Messiah is performed in concert these days, the Conductor of the orchestra and chorus is in total control of all the players, which, to me, is symbolic of God, the Father, in total control of all of HIS-story (i.e., History), and the playing out of all mankind in The Lord’s oratorio of redemption and completion which has been played out in the first coming of The Christ, and will be competed in glorious crescendo in the second coming of THE MESSIAH.

 Today, by taking in all of the videos, and seeing the glorious work of redemption and renewal being played out, as we celebrate our Lord’s first coming, … we can (and should) thankfully celebrate The Messiah’s yet coming again to gather all His people in His forever heavenly kingdom. And in chorus, let us all be declaring - HALLELUJAH!!!

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … I pray I’m not alone is standing at Your Hallelujah chorus. … Yes, declaring along with the Apostle John, … " even so, .. COME, LORD JESUS! " Amen

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