Advent with Messiah: 24 of 24

View the introductory post for these 24 days with Handel’s Messiah.

To finish, we join the heavenly hosts in their praise.

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.
-Revelation 5:12-13
Amen.

Three different renditions (because I couldn’t choose just one)

 

 

Amen, amen and amen!

Advent with Messiah: 23 of 24

View the introductory post for these 24 days with Handel’s Messiah.

Rhetorical questions today. If Messiah’s triumph is complete, His people need not fear condemnation.

If God be for us, who can be against us?
-Romans 8:31
Who shall lay anything 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 8:33-34

Advent with Messiah: 22 of 24

View the introductory post for these 24 days with Handel’s Messiah.

The celebration continues!

Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.
-1 Corinthians 15:54
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.
-1 Corinthians 15:55-56
But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15: 57

Advent with Messiah: 21 of 24

View the introductory post for these 24 days with Handel’s Messiah.

Today, we’re in the great resurrection chapter—1 Corinthians 15.

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.
-1 Corinthians 15:51-52
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.
-1 Corinthians 15:52-53

Couldn’t decide between the two following videos, so here they both are:

Reflections on Haggai

I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I post about what I’ve read. Other posts this month are on 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Zechariah and Malachi.

Haggai (‘festive’) is one of the post-exilic prophets who ministered to those who returned from exile in Babylon. The returnees had begun to rebuild the temple (Ezra 3:7-13), but after facing opposition (Ezra 4:1-5), they stopped. Then God raised up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to speak on His behalf to the remnant (Ezra 5:1. 6:14).

Haggai’s first oracle was a wake-up call to the people. They’d been looking out for their own interests and not for God’s. The people listen and obey (1:12)—a welcome departure from the ignoring and ridiculing of prophets that had gone on before. Under their leaders, Zerubbabel the governor and Joshua the priest, they resume work on the temple after over a decade.

Haggai’s second oracle came seven weeks later. The people probably felt they were doing a lot of nothing (2:3). Haggai reiterates God’s promise of His presence with them (1:13, 2:4), reminding them of the covenant He’d made with the nation of Israel at the exodus. The Lord then promises, “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.” (2:6-9, ESV) That must have greatly encouraged the former exiles, but they had no idea that centuries later a voice in Jerusalem would be heard saying, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” And, “I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.” Continue reading