Sunday, April 08, 2007

Music: Easter Sunday and Handel's Messiah

Continuing to look at Handel's Messiah.

Will keep posting until I reach the famed Hallelujah chorus (track 44).

On this Easter morning, am walking through tracks 32-35

Psalm 16:10 (Acts 2:27)
[But] thou [didst] not leave [his] soul in hell; neither [didst] thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.

Resurrection changed everything.

It all started in Bethlehem. Captured in the carol:
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

From the humble beginning in a feeding trough in a small village to a quiet Sunday morning with an empty tomb, the mission was accomplished. From dark night to bright morning, from fears to hope, from death to life, from slavery to sin to liberation.

The Christian "meta-narrative" of God's relationship to man is about creation and liberation. Before Jesus, it was Creation as recorded in Genesis and Liberation as told in the Exodus. In Jesus, Liberation in the Incarnation (Jesus life for our righteousness and his death for our sins) and New Creation in His resurrection!

And so because Jesus is NOT in the tomb ...
Psalm 24:7-10
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.

All shall acknowledge him as the Lord and King!

Just as the angels have done so all along!

Hebrews 1:5 (Psalm 2:7) and Hebrews 1:6b
For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? "Let all the angels of God worship Him."

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