MESSIAH

Performed by: MIT Concert Choir
Directed by: William C. Cutter

Here is the greatest orchestral and choral work ever! Even pagans recognize this! But they cannot appreciate its full presentation of the gospel from prophecies of Jesus Christ all the way to His glorious coronation in heaven.

Taken from the King James Bible of 1611, Handel composed Messiah in just 24 days of frenzied inspiration in 1741. Upon completion of the "Hallelujah" chorus, he exclaimed, "I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God himself!"

When King George II heard Messiah in one of its earliest performances, he stood during the "Hallelujah Chorus" to pay homage to the King of kings! This is now an American tradition at most public performances.

Enjoy! Rejoice! Worship! Give God the glory through the Lord Jesus Christ!

 



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Part 1

Overture

Comfort ye my people

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God; speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplishèd, 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. (Isaiah 40:1-3)

Every valley shall be exalted

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low; the crooked straight, and the rough places plain. (Isaiah 40:4)

And the glory of the Lord

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

Thus saith the Lord

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

But who may abide

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

And He shall purify

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

Behold, a virgin shall conceive

Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name EMMANUEL, God with us. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)

O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion

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! Arise, shine, for thy Light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 40:9; 60:1)

For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth

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. (Isaiah 60:2, 3)

The people that walked in darkness

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. (Isaiah 9:2)

For unto us a child is born

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 callèd Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Pastoral Symphony

There were shepherds abiding in the field

There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. (Luke 2:8)

And lo! the Angel of the Lord came upon them

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. (Luke 2:9)

And the angel said unto them

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. (Luke 2:10, 11)

And suddenly there was with the angel

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

Glory to God

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

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion

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. (Zechariah 9:9, 10)

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstoppèd; then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. (Isaiah 35:5, 6)

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd

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. (Isaiah 40:11)
Come unto Him, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and He shall 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. (Matthew 11:28, 29)

His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light

His yoke is easy and His burthen is light. (Matthew 11:30)

 

 

PART II

Behold the Lamb of God

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

He was despised

He was despisèd 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

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; He was wounded for our trangressions; 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

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

All we like sheep have gone astray

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turnèd 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

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

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

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

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

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

But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell

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

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 the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. 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 the King of glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory. (Psalm 24:7-10)

Unto which of the Angels said He

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

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

Thou art gone up on high

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

The Lord gave the word

The Lord gave the word: great was the company of the preachers. (Psalm 68:11)

How beautiful are the feet of them

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

Their sound is gone out into all lands

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

Why do the nations so furiously rage

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 consel together against the Lord, and against His Anointed. (Psalm 2:1, 2)

Let us break their bonds asunder

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

He that dwelleth in heaven

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

Thou shalt break them

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

Hallelujah

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, and LORD OF LORDS, HALLELUJAH! (Revelation 19:6; 11:15; 19:16)

 

 

PART III

I know that my Redeemer liveth

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. (Job 19:25, 26)
For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first-fruits of them that sleep. (I Corinthians 15:20)

Since by man came death

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. (I Corinthians 15:21)

Behold, I tell you a mystery

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. (I Corinthians 15:51, 52)

The trumpet shall sound

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. (I Corinthians 15:52, 53)

Then shall be brought to pass

Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. (I Corinthians 15:54)

O death, where is thy sting?

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. (I Corinthians 15:55, 56)

But thanks be to God

But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:57)

If God be for us, who can be against us?

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? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:31, 33, 34)

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

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. Amen. (Revelation 5:12, 13)