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For Unto Us

Day 1

Part 1: The Invitation Listen: right now, somewhere in this world, someone is singing. How do I know this? Because the world is full of humans, and humans sing. All humans, in every culture, in any part of the world – all express themselves through song. Some might say singing is in our DNA. Others…

Day 2

Comfort Ye Every Valley Shall Be Exalted Isaiah 40:1-4 Comfort ye. The opening line of Messiah is a chair by the fire, a home prepared for the holidays, smelling like hot chocolate and cookies in the oven. Come in, it whispers. You’ve safe here. It is a message direct from Heaven to a desperate, broken…

Day 3

And The Glory Of The Lord Shall Be Revealed Isaiah 40:5 Now the choir proclaims the great theme of Isaiah 40: And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed ……

Day 4

Thus Saith the Lord of Hosts Haggai 2:6-7 Majora canamus was promised by our composer, and he has not disappointed. We have indeed sung of great things: Comfort ye. A highway for our God. The glory of the LORD shall be revealed. All mankind together will see it. Thus far, Handel’s given us the 18th…

Day 5

But Who May Abide The Day of His Coming? And He Shall Purify The Sons of Levi Malachi 3:1-3 So many people in the world think that religion is about God. God, speaking through the prophet Malachi, disagrees. Handel, it seems, agrees with God. The Bible passage underpinning this section of Messiah is from Malachi,…

Day 6

Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive Oh, Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion Isaiah 7:14, 40:9, 60:1 This is, I think, the most obscure passage in the Old Testament. Isaiah is trying to deliver God’s warning of impending destruction to a rather stupid king: Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it…

Day 7

For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth The People That Walked In Darkness Isaiah 60:2-3, Isaiah 9:2 In the bleak midwinter we are drawn to light like famished people to a banquet. Light brings comfort and hope. Light banishes grey and paints gold, emerald, crimson and indigo in its place. And so, every year, tens…

Day 8

For Unto Us A Child Is Born Isaiah 9:6 We move from the most obscure of prophecies to the most familiar of music. For unto us is so familiar that we miss its exquisite strangeness. The passage is Isaiah 9:6. In context, Isaiah says that Messiah’s presence gives joy to everyone, that he will bring…

Day 9

And Lo, The Angel Of The Lord Said Unto Them Glory To God Luke 2:8-14 Fear not, sings the soloist. Fear not, says the voice of the angel. Do not be afraid. Imagine this: you are working outside after midnight.. You haven’t had a decent meal in weeks. If you lose this job, it’s over.…