I love Handel’s Messiah. And I love classic CCM. Put the two together and you get the wonderful New Young Messiah project released in 1993. Thankfully it’s still in print – available for purchase at both Amazon & iTunes. The artist list is just about a “best of” list of classic CCM performers: Steven Curtis Chapman, Wayne Watson, Steve Green, Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Twila Paris, BeBe & CeCe Winans, First Call, 4Him, Phil Keaggy….
One of the best tracks on the album is Steve Green’s rendition of I Know that My Redeemer Liveth, taken of course from Job’s famous declaration:
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
(Job 19:25-27, ESV)
Handel combines the truth from Job, with that from 1 Corinthians 15: 20-22
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
Here’s a YouTube of Steve Green’s fantastic performance of this song. ENJOY! – and REJOICE! This is not just a nice song. These words are TRUE!: