The tabernacle is empty, the door standing open. The altar is stripped and bare.
On Good Friday, we remember the Passion of Our Lord, the Messiah.
The genius of Handel was to choose the words of Scripture, and the words of Scripture only, and to set them musically in such a fashion that they come alive.
The two verses used here are Psalm 69:20 and Lamentations 1:12.
And this, from Isaiah 53.