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Wiggins the Messiah

I was listening to Handel's Messiah the other day, and it occurred to me that many of the lyrics apply to Wiggins. Original on the left, adapted version on the right...

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto

her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Ev'ry valley shall be exalted, and ev'ry moutain and hill made low; the crooked straight and the rough places plain.

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts: Yet once a little while and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.

And I will shake all nations; and the desire of all nations shall come.

The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, whom you delight in; behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire.

And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Emmanuel, God with us.

O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain. O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, behold your g od!

Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light;

and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.

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 Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying:

"Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men."

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, thy King cometh unto thee; He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.

He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Come unto Him, all ye that labour, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest.

Take his yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

(Matthew 11: 30)

PART TWO

Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.

He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

He gave His back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off His hair: He hid not His face from shame and spitting.

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows!

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.

(Isaiah 53: 4-5)

And with His stripes we are healed.

(Isaiah 53: 5)

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

(Isaiah 53: 6)

All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn; they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying:

"He trusted in God that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, if He delight in Him."

(Psalm 22: 8)

Thy rebuke hath broken His heart: He is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on Him, but there was no man, neither found He any to comfort him.

(Psalm 69: 20)

Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow.

(Lamentations 1: 12)

He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgressions of Thy people was He stricken.

(Isaiah 53: 8)

But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell; nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.

(Psalm 16: 10)

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.

Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.

Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.

(Psalm 24: 7-10)

Unto which of the angels said He at any time: "Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee?"(Hebrews 1: 5)

Let all the angels of God worship Him.

(Hebrews 1: 6)

Thou art gone up on high; Thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men; yea, even from Thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.

(Psalm 68: 18)

The Lord gave the word; great was the company of the preachers.

(Psalm 68: 11)

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.

(Isaiah 52: 7; Romans 10: 15)

Their sound is gone out into all lands,

and their words unto the ends of the world.

(Romans 10: 18; Psalm 19: 4)

Why do the nations so furiously rage together, and why do the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against His anointed.

(Psalm 2: 1-2)

Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us.

(Psalm 2: 3)

He that dwelleth in Heav'n shall laugh them to scorn; The Lord shall have them in derision.

(Psalm 2: 4)

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

(Psalm 2: 9)

Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.

(Revelation 19: 6)

The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord,

and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.

King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

(Revelation 19: 16)

Hallelujah!

PART THREE

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.

And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

(Job 19: 25-26)

For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.

(I Corinthians 15: 20)

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.

(I Corinthians 15: 21-22)

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.

(I Corinthians 15: 51-52)

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality.

(I Corinthians 15: 52-53)

Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

(I Corinthians 15: 54)

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

(I Corinthians 15: 55-56)

But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

(I Corinthians 15: 57)

If God be for us, who can be against us?

(Romans 8: 31)

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us.

(Romans 8: 33-34)

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,

and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Comfort ye, comfort ye my fans, saith your Coach.

Speak ye comfortably to Lawrence, and cry unto

her, that her Championship is accomplished, that her upsets are pardoned.

The voice of him that crieth in the Fieldhouse; prepare ye the way of the Forward; make straight in the desert a highway for our MVP.

Ev'ry dunk shall be exalted, and ev'ry wildcat and tiger made low; the bricks swishes and the layups dunks.

And the glory of A. Wiggans shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Coach hath spoken it.

Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hoops: Yet once a little while and I will shake the backboard and the court, the rim and the basket.

And I will shake all backboards; and the championship of the nation shall come.

The Player, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to Allen Fieldhouse, even the messenger of the scholarship, whom you delight in; behold, He shall dunk, saith the Lord of hoops.

But who may abide the day of His dunking, and who shall stand when He ariseth? For He is like a refiner's fire.

And He shall posterize the players of Haith, that they may offer unto Coach Self an offering in basketball.

Behold, Toronto shall conceive and bear a power forward, and shall call His name Wiggins, dunks be with him.

O thou that tellest good tidings to Kansas, get thee up into the Fieldhouse. O thou that tellest good tidings to Lawrence, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Kansas, behold your star!

Arise, cheer, for thy light is come, and the glory of Kansas is risen upon thee.

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness of Missouri ; but Wiggins shall dunk upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Tigers shall flee to the SEC, and Jayhawks to the brightness of the Big 12.

The people that walked in championships have seen a great light;

and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of Manning, upon them hath the light shined.

For unto us a star is starting, unto us a forward is given, and the team shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Dunkasaurus,

All-American, the mighty Wiggins, the Nation’s Top Recruit, the Prince of Dunks.

There were rabid fans abiding in the fieldhouse, keeping watch over his dunks of might.

And lo, Coach Self came upon them, and the glory of Wiggins shone round about them, and they were sore impressed.

And Coach Self said unto them: "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all KU fans.

For unto you is starting born this day in the Fieldhouse of Allen a Saviour, which is Andrew Wiggins."

And suddenly there was a Jayhawk, a multitude of KU fans, praising Kansas, and saying:

"Glory to Kansas in the highest, and dunks on Mizzou, good playing as a team."

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Larryville; shout, O daughter of Lawrence!

Behold, thy Wiggins cometh unto thee; He is the righteous rebounder, and He shall speak smack unto the heathen.

Then shall the arms of Merv be opened, and the ears of the Tigers go deaf.

Then shall the fans man leap as an hart, and the Rock Chalk chant shall sing.

Nadir shall feed His big men like a shepherd; and Wiggins shall gather the rebounds with His arm, and outlet pass to his guards, and greatly lead a fast break.

Pass unto Him, all ye that dribble, pass unto Him that are short, and He will give you dunks.

Take his yoke upon you, and lean on Him, for He is strong and lowly of the post, and ye shall find wins unto your record.

His dunks are easy, and His boards are tight.

(Matthew 11: 30)

PART TWO

Behold the mighty wing, that taketh away the balls from the rim.

He was despised and fouled by opponents, a man of dunks and acquainted with the rim.

He gave His back to the smiters, and His elbows to them that plucked at the ball: He hid not His face from shame and spitting.

Surely He hath borne our team, and carried our offense!

He was wounded for our turnoverss, He was bruised for our bricks; the chastisement of our poor play was upon Him.

(Isaiah 53: 4-5)

And with His dunks we are healed.

(Isaiah 53: 5)

All we like balls have gone astray; we have turn-overs in every game. And the Coach hath laid on the team the iniquity of us all.

(Isaiah 53: 6)

All they that guard Him fear Him to scorn; they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying:

"He trusted in Coach that He would play Him; let Him dunk on them, if He delight in Him."

(Psalm 22: 8)

Thy referees hath broken His heart: He is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on Him, but there was no man, neither found He any to comfort him.

(Psalm 69: 20)

Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow.

(Lamentations 1: 12)

He was cut off out of the court of the playing: for the fouls of Thy team was He stricken.

(Isaiah 53: 8)

But Coach didst not leave His star on the bench; nor didst Thou suffer Thy Dunking One to see the bench.

(Psalm 16: 10)

Lift up your heads, O ye fans; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting voices; and the King of Dunks shall come in.

Who is this King of Dunks? Wiggins strong and mighty, Wiggins mighty in basketball.

Lift up your heads, O ye fans; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Dunks shall jam it.

Who is this King of Dunks? The Lord of Hoops, He is the King of Dunks.

(Psalm 24: 7-10)

Unto which of the players said Coach Self at any time: "Thou art Power Forward, this day have I started Thee?"(Hebrews 1: 5)

Let all the fans of Kansas cheer Him.

(Hebrews 1: 6)

Thou art gone up on high; Thou hast blocked out, and rebounded balls for KU; yea, even from Thine enemies, that the team might dwell on offense.

(Psalm 68: 18)

The Coach gave the word; great was the play for a lob.

(Psalm 68: 11)

How beautiful are the feet of them that alley-oop, and bring great dunks and highlights.

(Isaiah 52: 7; Romans 10: 15)

Their sound is gone out into all lands,

and their words unto the ends of the conference.

(Romans 10: 18; Psalm 19: 4)

Why do the teams so furiously rage together, and why do the fans imagine a vain thing?

The teams of the conference rise up, and the coaches take counsel together against Bill Self, and against His all-American.

(Psalm 2: 1-2)

Let us break their hopes asunder, and cast away their yokes from us.

(Psalm 2: 3)

He that dwelleth in Lawrence shall laugh them to scorn; Wiggins shall have them in derision.

(Psalm 2: 4)

Wiggins shalt break them with a vicious dunk; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

(Psalm 2: 9)

Hallelujah: for the Lord of Dunks makes it reigneth.

(Revelation 19: 6)

The Championship of this conference is become the Championship of the Nation,

and Wiggins Player-of-the-Year, and He shall make it rain for ever and ever.

King of Hoops, and Lord of Dunks.

(Revelation 19: 16)

Hallelujah!

PART THREE

I know that my Wiggins playeth, and that He shall start at the latter day of the Final Four.

And though teams may score on his body, yet in March Madness hall I see victory.

(Job 19: 25-26)

For now is Wiggins risen from the floor, and first dunks on them that sleep.

(I Corinthians 15: 20)

Since by man came defense, by Wiggins came also the dunking on the defense.

For as in Nadir come assists, also so from dunks shall Wiggins be made MVP.

(I Corinthians 15: 21-22)

Behold, I tell you a mystery; Ye shall not sleep, but shall stay awake til midnight, with no blinking of an eye, at the Final Four.

(I Corinthians 15: 51-52)

The buzzer shall sound, and the nets shall be cut down, and we shall be champions.

For the ball must put on the floor and this dunk must be put through the rim.

(I Corinthians 15: 52-53)

Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Kansas is swallowed up in victory."

(I Corinthians 15: 54)

O loss, where is thy sting? O MU, where is thy victory?

The sting of loss is no more, and the strength of KU is dunking.

(I Corinthians 15: 55-56)

But thanks be to Coach Self, who giveth us the victory through our MVP Andrew Wiggins.

(I Corinthians 15: 57)

If Wiggins be for us, who can be against us?

(Romans 8: 31)

Who dares call a charge of KU’s elect? It is KU that dunketh, who is he that defends? It is Wiggins who dunked, yea rather, that is risen again, who is at the top side of the rim, who makes it rain for us.

(Romans 8: 33-34)

Worthy is Wiggins who has dunked, and hath redeemed us to Kansas by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and an NBA contract

and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that dunketh above the rim, and unto the Jayhawks, for ever and ever.

Amen.

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