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The Biblical Message of Handel’s Messiah Part I ()

Tony FelichTony Felich, December 11, 2011
Part of the Advent series, preached at a Morning Worship service

The Biblical Message of Handel’s Messiah (Part 1)

PART ONE : The prophesy and realization of God’s plan to redeem mankind by the coming of the Messiah

1.Overture

2.Isaiah 40:1-3
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplish’d, that her Iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

3.Isaiah 40:4
Ev’ry valley shall be exalted, and ev’ry mountain and hill made low; the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.

4.Isaiah 40:5
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

5. Haggai 2:6-7 and Malachi 3:1
Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts; Yet once a little while and I will shake the heav’ns and the earth, the sea and the dry land: And I will shake all nations; and the desire of all nations shall come.

The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.

6. Malachi 3:2
But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire.

7. Malachi 3:3
And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

8. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, GOD WITH US.

9. Isaiah 40:9, Isaiah 60:1
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain. O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, behold your God! O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion.

Arise, shine, for thy Light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

10. Isaiah 60:2-3
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

11.Isaiah 9:2
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

12. Isaiah 9:6
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, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

13. Pastoral Symphony

14. Luke 2:8-9
There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.

15. Luke 2:10-11
And the angel said unto them: Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

16. Luke 2:13
And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying:

17. Luke 2:14
Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men.

18. Zechariah 9:9-10
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, thy King cometh unto thee; He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.

19. Isaiah 35:5-6
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.

20. Isaiah 40:11, Matthew 11:28-29
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Come unto Him, all ye that labour, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

21. Matthew 11:30
His yoke is easy, and his burden is light.

PART TWO : The accomplishment of redemption by the sacrifice of Jesus, mankind’s rejection of God’s offer, and mankind’s utter defeat when trying to oppose the power of the Almighty

22. John 1:29
Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.

23. Isaiah 53:3,6
He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

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.

24. Isaiah 53:4-5
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.

25. Isaiah 53:5b
And with His stripes we are healed.

26. Isaiah 53:6
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.

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