Today on March 21, 2023 we celebrate the 338th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Among other things he has been called “The Fifth Evangelist.” What does that mean? Of course, the Four Evangelists are the disciples of Jesus who wrote the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Bach has been called “The Fifth Evangelist” because his music proclaims what they proclaimed: the Good News how the living God has saved us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Would that we all be “Fifth Evangelists” and proclaim Christ in all that we say and do.
Below is a good summary of Bach’s life, music, and legacy. It is a short 26 minute documentary about the 2013 Bachfest held in Leipzig, Germany.
Soli Deo Gloria!Bach Music by Jubal’s Lyre Music Publishers on www.sheetmusicplus.com.