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And the Angel Said unto Them

No. 15 – Recitative

Music courtesy of The Falls Church Anglican Choir, Falls Church, Virginia, under the musical direction of Simon Dixon. Audio mastering by Andrew Schooley. From Messiah by George Frideric Handel (1742)

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“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

– Luke 2:10–11

Long ago it had been foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the city of David. And now it had happened. An angel announced His divine birth, not to the rich, the famous, or the powerful, but to lowly shepherds who were tending their flocks out in the fields.

Suddenly, a multitude of angels appeared, “praising God and saying, “glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:14–15). They saw and marveled at something no one else could see, the Son of God, who at God’s command had left His throne in heaven to take on human flesh, become the Messiah, and fulfill God’s great plan of redemption.

Looking back to that divine moment, that divine life and that divine mission can fill our minds and hearts with praise, adoration, thankfulness, and worship of the Father and His Son. In this season of Advent, let us seek to please the Father by making time to meditate upon these holy and heavenly realities and ask Him to open our eyes to see anew and our hearts to respond afresh to His grace and love to us in Jesus His Son, the Prince of Peace. As we do so, we will find our hearts filled with the peace that only He can give—peace with God, peace with ourselves, and peace with others.


Father, who am I, that You should send Your favor, mercy, and good
news, even to me? Open my eyes to see anew. Stir my heart to respond
afresh to Your grace and love. Help me to look to the Prince of Peace.
May I experience and extend Your peace to others in Jesus’ name.


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Thomas A. Tarrants

Thomas A. Tarrants is President Emeritus of the C.S. Lewis Institute. After serving twelve years as president and nine years as vice President, he retired from his position as Vice President for Ministry and Director, Washington Area Fellows Program, with CSLI in June 2019. He holds a Masters of Divinity Degree, as well as a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. Tom is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He spends his time writing, mentoring, consulting and traveling. His life story is told in Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.


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