Monday, December 22, 2008

We Shall be Changed

Tim Challies writes so eloquently about a performance of Handel’s Messiah that he attended. He says,

"As much as I love the 'Hallelujah' chorus, it is merely the beginning of Messiah’s most beautiful part. It is in the third part that the soprano declares 'I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.' It is here that the chorus and the soloists combine to share the gospel message. '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.' It is here that we hear the promise of new life to those who are found in Christ. '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.' And it is here that Handel puts to music the words of the elders and the living creatures and the angels as they sing 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!' It is here that we, those who have been redeemed by Jesus, look to the future with hope, waiting anxiously for the day when Christ returns."


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