There is only one Messiah – Vicars weekly thought for 18th Nov

There is only one Messiah

and He promises us, tells us He has opened for us, ‘a new and life-giving way’ into ‘the Most Holy Place’ [1].

Is this pie in the sky, or is He really the Messiah, the One we can trust with everything?

Today’s readings continue to face some of the tough realities of our world. There is a very modern feel to Jesus’ words about wars, famines and earthquakes. And the impact on his disciples of his words foretelling the complete destruction of their most holy place, the Temple in Jerusalem, must have been utterly shocking – thank heaven Jesus himself was with them when he said it! Some Christians in our world today likewise face the loss of all that is dear to them in ways we can barely imagine. Or do they? We sing, ‘We have a hope that is steadfast and certain’ [2] , and as I said, this Messiah has opened for us ‘a new and life-giving way’ [1].

Prophecies of old say, ‘those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever’ [3]. The writer to the Hebrews in the New Testament encourages those he was writing to, who were suffering much, saying, ‘we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.’ [4] And called them to ‘hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm’ [5] . This is far from doom and gloom, it is life-giving, powerful, freeing. We will too confess and put our faith in this Messiah?  Christians in so many times and places have discovered He is the one true Rock on whom we can depend. His is an often undiscovered grace that will come to us as we call on Him even, especially, in the darkest of times – Jesus Christ the bringer of the
greatest love and hope the world has ever seen. Again we sing, ‘Yes Lord we believe.’ [6]

[1] Hebrews 10.20

[2] from the Hymn: Jesus is King by Wendy Churchill

[3] Daniel 12.3

[4] Heb. 10.19

[5] Heb. 10.23

[6] from the Hymn: Jesus hope of the nations by Brian Doerksen 2002