Handel's Messiah (with lyrics) - Part 2 of 3

Recorded in 1982, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
Digital recording from original phonograph.
One of the most fascinating discoveries for me so far on my Christian journey has been Handel's Messiah. Yes, the music is very moving. But it is the way in which biblical prophecy is arranged chronologically that makes this piece so fascinating to me. It gives clear testimony of our God, the Eternal One, the great I AM, the one who said:

"...for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"
Isaiah 46:9b&10

I ask God to use this to bless the listener, to demonstrate His awesome power and steadfast love, as He so graciously did for this undeserving sinner.


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

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

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.
(Isaiah 50:6)

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.
(Isaiah 53:4-5)

And with His stripes we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:5)

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.
(Isaiah 53:6)

All they that see Him
laugh Him to scorn;
they shoot out their lips,
and shake their heads, saying:
(Psalm 22:7)

He trusted in God that He would deliver Him;
let Him deliver Him, if He delight in Him.
(Psalm 22:8)

Thy rebuke hath broken His heart:
He is full of heaviness.
He looked for some to have pity on Him,
but there was no man,
neither found He any to comfort Him.
(Psalm 69:20)

Behold, and see if there be any sorrow
like unto His sorrow.
(Lamentations 1:12)

He was cut off out of the land of the living:
for the transgressions of Thy people
was He stricken.
(Isaiah 53:8)

But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell;
nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One
to see corruption.
(Psalm 16:10)

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 this King of Glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle,
Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
and be lift up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of Glory shall come in.
Who is this King of Glory?
The Lord of Hosts,
He is the King of Glory.
(Psalm 24:7-10)

Unto which of the angels
said He at any time:
Thou art My Son,
this day have I begotten Thee?
(Hebrews 1:5)

Let all the angels of God worship Him.
(Hebrews 1:6)

Thou art gone up on high;
Thou hast led captivity captive,
and received gifts for men;
yea, even from Thine enemies,
that the Lord God might dwell among them.
(Psalm 68:18)

The Lord gave the word;
great was the company of the preachers.
(Psalm 68:18)

How beautiful are the feet of them
that preach the gospel of peace,
and bring glad tidings of good things.
(Isaiah 52:7/Romans 10:15)

Their sound is gone out into all lands,
and their words unto the ends of the world.
(Romans 10:18/Psalm 19:4)

Why do the nations so furiously rage together,
and why do the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth rise up,
and the rulers take counsel together
against the Lord,
and against His Anointed.
(Psalm 2:1-2)

Let us break their bonds asunder,
and cast away their yokes from us.
(Psalm 2:3)

He that dwelleth in heaven
shall laugh them to scorn;
the Lord shall have them in derision.
(Psalm 2:4)

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;
thou shalt dash them in pieces
like a potter's vessel.
(Psalm 2:9)

Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
(Revelation 19:6)

The kingdon of this world
is become the kingdom of our Lord,
and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever.
(Revelation 11:15)

King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
(Revelation 19:16)

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