The Birth of a Messiah (Part 2)

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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Thursday, December 12, 2013

HOW do we remember Jesus Christ, the Messiah? Jesus is a dominant figure during the Christmas season when Christians would picture out Jesus as a baby. He is in a manger, a large box where hay is kept for animals to eat.

December is Jesus’ month. People start to think of gifts, to be given or to be received. Government and company employees start to visualize December bonuses and other incentives. It’s party time where lechon takes center stage, where wine and beer will make us see the star of Bethlehem. Household helpers, drivers and janitors are imagining that they will receive apples, grapes, oranges, imported corned beef and new t-shirts from their employers. It is also the time of the year for politicians to distribute calendars so that their voters will remember them for the next 365 days.

In our country, it is time for ceasefire between the rebels (fighters for cause) and the military (fighters for the same cause). The cabinet members of PNoy who believe they worked hard for the past 365 days will have the Christmas break with their family (or somebody) outside of the country, preferably America to experience white Christmas. For big mall owners, Christmas means taking money from the rich and the poor. Our churches will have standing room for all their services and tithing could be something very special.

Is Jesus really the Messiah? The Gospels loudly proclaim Jesus to be the Christ or Messiah, but they also make it clear that he was reluctant to claim the title for himself. Only in two passages does Jesus directly affirm his role as the Christ or Messiah. The Gospel of John records a private conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. She asserted, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things.”

Jesus responded, “I who speak to you am he.” At Jesus’ trial as recorded in the Gospel of Mark, when the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus replied, “I am.” This straight forward response appears more ambiguous in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, where Jesus answered, “You have said so” and “if I tell you, you will not believe.”

Our Messiah does not remain a baby. Jesus grew up to be a man. Nothing is mentioned in the Holy Bible of what happened when he was 12 to 30 years old. The so-called hidden years are subject to conjecture. Jesus had his ministry, tempted by Satan, performed miracles, taught parables, showed the power of faith, was found guilty of blasphemy, and was crucified. Jesus died sometime between A.D. 26 and 36 because those are the years Pontius Pilate served as governor of Judea. Jesus triumphantly resurrected. Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus after his resurrection.

Is the Messiah returning? The flock belonging to Jehovah’s Witnesses made a statement based on Luke 19:11, 12. Before Christ ascended to heaven in 33 C.E., he promised to return. He likened himself to a nobleman who went away for a long time and returned with power to rule as king. The purpose of Jesus’ return is to provide mankind with good government.

Jesus returns, not as a human, but as an invisible king (Daniel 7:14). When Jesus arrives invisibly with his angels, he will judge mankind. He will destroy wicked people but will grant everlasting life to those who accept him as King (Matthew 25:31-33, 46). Jesus’ rule as King will transform the earth into a paradise. He will resurrect the dead so that they can enjoy life in that earthly Paradise (Luke 23:42-43).

The anti-pork advocates will like it because by that time there will be no more Congress. Wicked politicians will be destroyed and only Christ will reign. It could be heavenly dictatorship. There will be no war and calamities. We will all be smiling as members of Christ’s NGO.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 12, 2013.


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