"Therefore God exalted him to the highest place ... that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord..."
The “Hallelujah” chorus is undeniably the most beloved and well-known movement of Handel’s “Messiah.” Tradition has it that, at the London premier of “Messiah,” His Majesty the King of England rose in a spontaneous ovation to the magnificence of the King of kings displayed in this chorus, compelling his subjects to do likewise.
However, the Bible tells us that the actual response to King Jesus’ reign will not be to rise in admiration and approval, but to bow down in submission and wonder at the majesty of Christ. As glorious as the music of “Messiah” is, the real glory that will accompany the Messiah’s return will cause every knee to bow before Him. Christmas celebrates the baby Jesus – small and helpless – but we await the day when His reign and rule will fill the earth with His glory!
Though an Infant now we view Him, He shall fill His Father’s throne, Gather all the nations to Him; Every knee shall then bow down: Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ, the newborn King! (James Montgomery, 1816)
"THE KINGDOM OF THE WORLD HAS BECOME THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND OF HIS CHRIST, AND HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER