I like to post this every Easter: the scene from The Greatest Story Ever Told in which Christ raises Lazarus from the dead. (“Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.” –John 11:39)
Along with the Scriptures themselves, and the testimony of John the Baptist and the apostles, the works that Jesus did bear witness that He is indeed the Son of God, Savior and Messiah, King of kings and Lord of lords.
We usually hear this around Christmas-time and Easter, but Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords all 365 days of the year. Any time’s a good time for The Hallelujah Chorus, from G.F. Handel’s The Messiah: performed by the Royal Choral Society.
I saved this special for Christmas morning–The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, sung by the Royal Choral Society at the Royal Albert Hall. This was a Good Friday performance in 2012; but if you can think of a better occasion for The Hallelujah Chorus than Christmas Day itself–well, tally-ho.
Years ago on our local Christian radio station, someone wiser than I’ll ever be was asked, “You see how the world is going–worse and worse with every day! What do you do? What do you do when you see how bad things are?”
Her answer: “Sing louder!”
Well, it doesn’t get any louder than “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s The Messiah. We usually hear this around Christmas or Easter–but there is no time when it isn’t good for us to hear it!
Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, here performed by the Royal Choral Society, is about the best way I know of proclaiming the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His sovereign right to the lordship of heaven and earth. We long for that day when He shall set His throne upon the mountains of the earth, and reign with judgment and with justice, with goodness and with mercy, forever. “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” –Isaiah 9:7
We usually reserve The Hallelujah Chorus for Christmas time or Easter, but I think we want it today. We want to say to the wicked of this world, “We defy you in the name of Jesus Christ the King of Kings! And He shall reign forever, whether you like it or not–nothing you can do about it!”
This performance (indoors, for once) is by the kids at Fountainview Academy.
It’s part of my job to track the daily news–not a nice part. Watching the bad guys cha-cha around the bases, Team Satan running up the score like nothing I’ve ever imagined in my life. You don’t need me to describe it for you. It’s bad out there.
This morning my regular Bible reading landed me, successively, in Job, Jeremiah, and Revelation. Whoa! Someone throw me a lasso, that’s my spirit running away!
Oh, but there’s an answer to all this! Yes, there is. Matthew hinted at it, citing Isaiah: “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” (Matthew 4:16) And Isaiah 9:6-7 says it plainly enough for anyone:
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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
For that is the answer. We can’t overcome the evils of this world; but Jesus Christ can, and will. If we could straighten ourselves out, we wouldn’t have needed a Savior. If we could set up a righteous kingdom on our own, we wouldn’t need a King of Kings.
The answer is Jesus Christ. No matter how many points they put up on the scoreboard, He will trample them underfoot. What the Lord says He will do, He will do. The mighty empires of the world are only a drop of water in His bucket.
Go back to the last post and listen again to The Hallelujah Chorus–for Jesus Christ is indeed the answer.
This is the hymn that I had to hear today, after my daily Bible reading landed me in Job, Jeremiah, and Revelation in succession (I’ll say more about that in the next post)–the immortal Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s The Messiah, performed by the Royal Choral Society. You might want to turn up the volume for this one!
Really, if this can’t crank you over, your soul needs a new battery.