‘I AM the Messiah’ – Vicar’s weekly thought

‘I AM the Messiah’

The Messiah, the Christ are the same name in the 2 main languages of the Bible – one is Hebrew the other Greek. It means the Anointed One, God’s own Anointed One. That is the long promised One, to be God’s appointed and anointed King to bring God’s Kingdom into being for the reconciliation and rescue of the whole world. Following Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and the coming of the Holy Spirit on the believers, St Peter explained to the crowd on the day of Pentecost, “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”[1] Jesus himself rather held back in claiming this title (in Mark’s gospel he owns it, in the others He says “You say that I am”[2]).

For good reason – to accept Jesus as the promised One is a tough decision and He was not the kind of Messiah they were expecting – nor is He now! And yet our Father God himself says, “This is my Beloved Son”[3], anointing Jesus with His Holy Spirit at his baptism. We’ll hear today how
this claim sparked anger, rejection and an accusation of blasphemy (I wonder if the exclusive claims of Jesus still make people angry, or upset at least?). But we need not look any further than Jesus for everything we ourselves need to be reconciled to God and to live in the love of the One who created everything that is[4]. Do you fully accept Him as Lord and Christ?

[1] Acts 2.36 2 Mark 14.6   [2], Matthew 27.64, Luke 22.70
[3] Matthew 3.17 and the other gospels [4] Try reading Colossians 1.15-20