Who is the Messiah? In 1741, George Frederick Handel produced a musical masterpiece that is popular to this day at Christmas celebrations world wide.
In this Christmas season, let us remember and reflect that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of a very important and famous person – Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Who is The Messiah?
The answer to this question bears profound significance for each of us. From Wikipedia we have:
In Christian theology, the Messiah is the Savior of the Jewish people and humankind. The Messiah who is called Christ, is identified with the person of Jesus, known by his followers as the Christ or “Jesus Christ”. Handel’s Messiah has been described by the early-music scholar Richard Luckett as “a commentary on (Jesus Christ’s) Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension”, beginning with God’s promises as spoken by the prophets and ending with Christ’s glorification in heaven. Messiah (Handel) From Wikipedia
George Frederick Handel wrote his oratorio ‘Messiah’ from a package of scripture verses from the King James Bible. A few selections from these scriptures will be discussed here.
(The full list of scripture verses in Handel’s Messiah can be found in The Biblical Texts for Handel’s Messiah.)
Old and New Testament Prophecies
From Old Testament prophecies we learn that God will send a savior and that he will be powerful, great, but also he will be humble and mistreated. The prophecies seemed to contradict his character. But in retrospect, when we realize that the messiah has a first and a second coming, they begin to make sense. Jesus first came as a humble servant and did not realize his kingship until after his resurrection. He is prophesied to return in power and defeat his enemies and restore God’s entire creation back to the way it was before the fall of Adam and Eve.
Isaiah 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 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 called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Shepherd and sacrificial lamb
Isaiah 40:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
John 1:29 King James Version (KJV)
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Isaiah 53:3-6 King James Version (KJV)
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 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.
Psalm 24:7-10 King James Version (KJV)
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Eternal God and king
Revelation 19:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Revelation 11:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 19:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.
For further study
For a more complete understanding of who Jesus is, you can use the reference links to search the scriptures by topic. Also you can obtain the complete Handel’s Messiah Oratorio and listen to how the music adds feeling to different aspects of the prophecies.