And He Shall Reign Forever

Consider how many times you saw someone on T.V.,
illumined by a shaft of light, as a distant chorus sings:

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Circumstances vary.  A person may have just had an “aha” moment.  A girl may have found out her new song is being played on the radio. A guy may have just seen the “girl of his dreams”.  The event itself is not important . . . the important thing is that the person is having a very inspiring or uplifting experience.

Unfortunately, that seems to be a recurring theme for the spirit of this age:

  • Don’t worry about why a person celebrates Thanksgiving or Christmas,
    as long as he has a jolly “holiday spirit”.
  • Don’t worry whether someone follows Jesus or Allah or the Buddha,
    as long as he is “religious” and “sincere”.

According to this way of thinking, it only matters how you feel;
it does not matter Who evokes those feelings.

But when Handel wrote the music for The Messiah,
I do not think he was infected with that sort of spirit.

If a person listens to the entire oratorio, it is clear that Jesus is at the center of it. The full performance of Handel’s Messiah runs 4 & 1/2 hours, and throughout it Christ is exalted as numerous passages of Scripture are sung from both the Old and New Testaments.

Of course, the single most famous section is the Halleleujah Chorus,
based on three passages from the Book of Revelation:

Hallelujah! for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
The Kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever and ever.
King of kings, Lord of lords.

This is not just an uplifting tune, mere background music for times when we feel inspired.

This is an opportunity to recognize that there is a King who reigns, and His name is Jesus. He is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords.  He is God, and there is no other.

We do not present Him with our demands.

He presents us with His.



This is day nineteen of the 40 Days of Blogging.
For more articles on Handel’s Messiah, check out these bloggers.

About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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2 Responses to And He Shall Reign Forever

  1. tpkatsa says:

    Nice post. I would also add that if feelings are the only thing that matters then moral absolutes are negated.

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