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" Messiah: Living, Eternal Life "

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The Scriptures included in this work, Handel's "Messiah", are somewhat limited in scope compared to the whole of Scripture and its doctrines. The doctrines are somewhat simplistic. Even more simplistic is the message of the final sermon proclaimed by the 'angel' in which he says,

    "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; also, do homage to Him who made the heavens and the earth, the sea and springs of water." (Re14:7)
That's the "last sermon" the world will hear, as "Jehovah has made all things for a witness; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil." (Pr16:4)

The whole point to earth's history has been about "life and death". Who lives? Who dies? Thus far mankind has been engrossed in living this temporal life, and then dying. Is there anything more beyond that? If He died on the cross and that was 'it', how is He any better than anybody else? If Messiah is "so great" shouldn't He hold the keys to Life?

HE DOES!

    "I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first-fruits of them that sleep." (Job 19:25-26 1Corinthians 15:20)

    "Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1Co15:21-22)

    "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1Co15:51-53)

    "Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1Co15:54-57)

Jesus, Himself, made the claim...
    "Jesus said to her, Your brother (Lazarus) will rise again. Martha said to Him, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes into Me, though he may die, he shall live. And everyone living and believing into Me shall never ever die. Do you believe this? She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who comes into the world." (Jn11:23-27)
You see, that's the whole point to this series.
  1. The Resurrection and the Life
  2. Believing that Jesus the Christ is the embodiment of that truth
  3. Who comes into the world
And so, how can we know we are in right standing with God? This whole thing started out with God offering terms of peace and pardon. If we are told we are forgiven, how can we know it is true? How do we know that the rug won't just be yanked out from under us? After all, Adam and Eve were in a perfect place, and satan beguild them, and has been waging a warfare against God ever since. How do we know that God has 'won' the battle?
    "If God be for us, who can be against us? who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth?" (Rom8:31,33-34)
First of all, the declaration of rightousness is from God's own mouth. Who dares to talk back to God? And on what basis does He make the declaration?
    "It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us."
Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for sin. Then He was raised back to life. He sits on the throne with God; He has the Father's 'ear' and the Father listens to Him. He can say: I died, but rose again. If anybody wishes to challenge anything... Here I am. All the enemies are gone.

But "I AM ALIVE FOREVERMORE" (Rev1:18)

There was a whole hord of beings around the Throne, searching for somebody "worthy" enough to open the seals of the eternal scroll. And the elder gets John's attention:

    "Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loosen its seven seals. And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God having been sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne." (Re5:5-7)

    "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever." (Re5:12-13)

Amen.


Note:
The accompanying recording is an 'oratorio': Handel's "Messiah". If you don't like opera you may not care for this (the two are very similar). Played non-stop the whole thing is about 2.5 hours long. But for the next five months the 'articles' take this work, divided up into sections, presenting the Scriptures and running 'commentary' which can be read by itself without the music. The entire history of Jesus on this earth is presented: From when He was first promised to Eve in Eden, crucifixion and resurrection, clear through to His glory in Heaven where He has judged sinners and is reigning with God in Eternal Life.

The oratorio itself is word-for-word from the KJV. God's Word set to music. If you just read the words it might seem a bit sparse at times. The performance may not be as 'puristically' "Baroque" as some musicians might prefer, but I believe it captures the 'spirit' of the work about as well as I've heard. And, sorry about the recorded quality: it both comes from LPs pressed in the 60s, and the MP3 format is the lowest quality for 'space' considerations.

The on-screen text is in three parts, corresponding to how the Messiah was originally published. Hopefully it will be obvious 'why' I have divided it up into the five sections as I did.


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