After a very baroque musical overture, in which you can hear and feel the sacred gravity of the message about to be presented, a strong tenor voice opens the scriptural words by singing these words from the 40th chapter of the Jewish prophet Isaiah:
"Comfort ye. Comfort ye, my people," says your God.
"Speak kindly to Jerusalem;
And call out to her, that her hard service has been completed,
that her iniquity has been removed,
that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins."
A voice is calling,
"Prepare ye the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
Let every valley be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill made low;
and let the rough ground be made plain,
and the rugged terrain a broad valley. Then,
the glory of the Lord will be revealed. . ."
Was Isaiah prophesying about geography, highway construction, infrastructure development, wealth distribution, income inequality, justice, or . . . or what?
You may want to listen to the links above, or to the entire two and a half hours of Handel's "Messiah" to contemplate what our God is up to, or at least Isaiah's, and Handel's presentation of what our Lord has in mind for his people.