December 2

Unto Us a Son

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Each year as the Christmas season nears, I turn to a splendid celebration of His birth – Handel’s Messiah. As I read the words of the Scripture above, I always hum the song in my head from this amazing work of art.

I think about the people before Jesus’ birth, having only the words of the prophets and the hope of God’s promise that a Messiah is coming. I am blessed to be alive on the “after” side of His birth and know that He is the fulfillment of these prophecies. I marvel that a Child was born to save me, that the government is upon His shoulder and that I can call Him Wonderful, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Although Handel’s Messiah celebrates all aspects of Jesus’ life, His birth, His death and His resurrection, we’ve come to appreciate it mostly in the days leading up to our celebration of His birth. It is during this time that I long to hear it, in its entirety. Every year I faithfully pop in the DVD I have and follow along in the musical score. As is the tradition, I MUST stand during the Hallelujah chorus! As I soak in the loveliness of the music, the orchestra, the choir, the soloists, the words, I know that Jesus’ birth is a miracle. I know that He loves me. I know my life would be totally different had He not come, or hadn’t yet come.

Although we are inundated with secular songs during Christmas (many of which I adore), it is Handel’s Messiah that I wait for. I once had someone tell me that if he was allowed only one item on a desert island, it would be Handel’s Messiah. It is glorious music and the words of our Lord, all in one place. It is divine.

So as I get ready for Christmas, I will celebrate the birth of my Lord and my King by watching and listening to this marvelous oratorio, again and again!

Father, thank You for the blessing of this magnificent piece of music. Thank You for continually speaking to my heart through these words and music. And most importantly, thank You for sending Your Son; He will reign forever and ever! Hallelujah and Amen!

 Vicki Gilbreath

(Find Handel’s Messiah on youtube.com and join me this year. And don’t forget to stand up during the Hallelujah chorus!)

Additional readings: Colossians 3:16, Psalm 40:1-3

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