A Thought on This Advent Day

I added some new information that may be of interest to you concerning Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.


I have noticed many back and forth thoughts across the web about Christmas. I have scanned many blogs and articles concerning this season and how it is celebrated. One perspective that most catches my attention is that opines we should not be celebrating it.

According to this position, it is too commercial. It takes all meaning from the focus of the Savior’s birth – His incarnation. Of course, there is some truth in this. But of all the tinsel and glitter, the pagan background, the controversy over time of year of His incarnation. Using the day and season for a yearly tidal wave of commercial gain reminds me of Jesus chasing out the money changers from the Temple for doing very similar in that day. Then of course the skeptics and secularists use it for an excuse of partying, pomp, and ceremony of “wassailing” or, the imbibing of holiday “spirits” to make the season bright.

All this makes for quite a large package with glittering lights, and much noise added. So where is Jesus?

He is among us like all days during the year. He never leaves us — even on the day we celebrate His coming into the world He created and to his own — He is with us.

So…

What if — in the midst of it all — we unwrap that large “empty” box of noise and commercialism to look inside? Do we find it empty? Absolutely not! We find eternity Himself inside, waiting to greet us! This Savior, this King of Glory, comes rushing into our souls to inhabit our lives. How many souls might be saved that otherwise may have seen “just another day?”

How many, looking inside, suddenly find such a life standing up to welcome them quite unexpectedly as might happen the way this following video demonstrates.

Please watch and enjoy.

~G.W.

The folks in this video were surprised by Joy! The joy that marks the pure meaning of and reason for our celebrating Christmas. Can you imagine the surprise and joy we will have on the day of our Savior’s return? I can’t. The thought is too Wonderful. But I see in this video a slight reflection of what we may experience. [Please see below for brief informational background on Handel’s Messiah oratorio and the Hallelujah Chorus]


God indeed inhabits the praises of His people. We feel God’s love most keenly when we focus on His will and have devoted ourselves wholly to His glory and purpose for our lives. … Psalm 22:3 alludes to this fact when it says,

“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:3

MERRY CHRISTMAS

From the King of Glory Jesus Christ our Savior


Hallelujah Chorus: Background Information

Composer:   Georg Friedrich Handel (February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759)

Date of composition:        1741/Sep/06

Style:  Baroque

Instrument(s):         Voice (SATB), Orchestra: Strings (Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass), Oboes, Bassoons, Trumpet, Percussion (Timpani)

Copyright:    Public Domain

The Hallelujah Chorus is part of the oratorio Messiah by Handel, concluding the second of three parts. It is Handel’s best-known piece and remains hugely popular.

Handel was a devout Christian and Messiah reflects his faith. The text of the chorus are taken from the King James Bible.

In many parts of the world it is traditional for the audience to stand during the Hallelujah Chorus. Story has it that King George II was so moved by the piece that he stood to his feet when he heard it, paying tribute to a Higher King, his subjects followed suit.  


19 thoughts on “A Thought on This Advent Day”

  1. What a surprise or must have been for those people to be caught up in the midst of the choir! We have only ever watched choirs from a distance where we knew they were going to sing, but these people were surrounded by the choir, and were presently surprised, how glorious it will be when we are caught up in the rapture in a moment. Oh hallelujah!!!

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    1. Thank you, Pedro. I like the way you described the choir mixing with and surrounding the “congregation.” And the sudden surprise of it all. I’m glad you enjoyed the video as much as I did. Hallelujah, indeed! God bless!

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  2. I love the way you’ve framed this, G.W! Indeed, despite the commercialism and paganism, at it’s core, Christmas is known to be about the Christ. 🙌🏼
    I’ll remember that the next time I’m annoyed with all of the extraneous “stuff!”

    I also enjoyed reading about Handel. As to the video, I’m not in a place to watch it at the moment, but I look forward to watching it later. Thank you so much, G.W!

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    1. Thank you, Kendra! Sometimes I wonder how I can be annoyed with and enjoy the festivities at the same time. Then I remember the depths of the true meaning I store in a place of my heart that can’t be shaken. And it is Him who comes shining forth!
      I’m glad you enjoyed my short offering about Handel’s “Messiah.” And I hope you are able to view the video later. God bless!

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      1. What you said is exactly right for me too – I do enjoy much of it, but there’s that other side of me that feels it’s a mockery. And then sometimes I feel torn between both extremes. But this helped me a lot!

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        1. I’m so glad this helped you in what must be a quandary for many of us at times. If having gone through it and working my way to a conducive, not compromising, position has helped, I’m doubly glad. 😊

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  3. I love the way you framed this! You’re so right that underlying the commercialism and paganism, Christmas IS known to be about Jesus. So, it still points back to Him! I also enjoyed reading about Handel. I’m not able to watch the video right now, but I look forward to watching it later. Thank you for this great post, G.W!! I shall keep your words in mind when the hurry-scurry, and over doneness of the season comes over me.🤍

    P. S. I don’t think my prior comment went through, but I apologize if you receive a duplicate.

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  4. I’ve been plowing 15 inches of snow the last two days mine and neighbors. As long as I stay on the road all is well, joyful and thankful. Off the road is a whole lot of going nowhere.
    “Oh theres a glittering snowbank” is not a good thing. Our eyes on Jesus plows through all the glitter, wine and song that lines the ditches. I thank God for the beauty that lines the ditches but know where the road edge falls away

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    1. You put that so well, Gary. “Our eyes on Jesus plows through all the glitter, wine and song that lines the ditches.” Enjoy the shiny parts and festivities but chew only the meat and spit out the bones!
      (Did I mix metaphors? Oh, well…you know what I mean.)

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    1. So true, David. The Lord’s Plan of Redemption for us stood before the beginning of time and remains unwavering. God knowing man’s reaction would crucify the Savior would only be the flame that lit judgment against the coals of sin. That the mocking world is turning their back to Him once again is nothing new.
      Blessings, brother!

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  5. Excellent post and an astounding rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus! I remember a story about Smith Wigglesworth; someone gave him tickets to attend “The Messiah” at London’s austere Albert Hall Theatre. At the end of the famous chorus the London crowd clapped politely, but the northern Evangelist jumped up and was praising God with raised hands and booming “Hallelujahs!”

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    1. Thank you for that story, brother. I would like to have met Smith Wigglesworth. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. May the goodness of our Lord bless you throughout this Christmas week!

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  6. I love this GW- “What if — in the midst of it all — we unwrap that large “empty” box of noise and commercialism to look inside? Do we find it empty? Absolutely not! We find eternity Himself inside, waiting to greet us! “

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