Please join us and invite a friend!  Composed by George Frederick Handel, “Part 3” is everything after “The Hallelujah Chorus,” and the section of the Oratorio which covers the solemn matters of personal concern:  individual hope and the personal triumph of those who have accepted the message.

The words of Scripture are quoted, that though a man might die, yet he can have hope in the resurrection when, “at the latter days,” the Redeemer shall “stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25).

This solo is followed by quartet and chorus which proclaims the hope of the Apostle Paul:  “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.”

The language is symbolic, depicting the risen Jesus in the fullness of his glory, reigning as King!

The succeeding duet, chorus and solo speak of the great personal victory that will be the lot of those who come unto the Messiah in the way appointed. It will be a victory over sin and death, a moral and physical victory which will find reward for them in the bestowal of immortality by their Lord, when he comes to reign on earth as King. The Chorus, “Worthy is the Lamb,” is taken from Revelation 5, and is part of a number of divinely inspired songs recorded in that wonderful chapter.

Ultimately, it’s not “Handel’s Messiah,” but rather, OUR Messiah!  With that in mind, all can surely enter into the spirit of the final majestic chorus of the Oratorio–“AMEN”–“So be it!”

 from H.P. Mansfield’s booklet entitled “The Gospel In Song”