Yeshua (Aramaic) - Jesus (Greek) Meshiach (Aramaic) - Messiah , Christos ( Greek) *
The literal translation of the Hebrew word mashiach (messiah) is “anointed”, which refers to a ritual of consecrating someone or something by putting holy oil upon it. For thousands of years before (and in the centuries since) Jesus, a misunderstanding about forces that shape the natural world, lead many to ascribe them to supernatural forces yet miss that a single supernatural Authority is behind it all. Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ, in the book of Daniel, the Israelite taken into captivity by the Babylonians after the fall of Jerusalem, the prophet foretold of the Son of God.
13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.Daniel 7:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
In the genealogy of Christ recorded in the Old and New Testaments (Genesis 5; Ruth 4; Matthew 1:1 -17), God created the first Man, Adam, through him many generations to Noah, through him to Abraham, and through him, successive generations to David. And through David’s lineage, several generations to Joseph the husband of Mary. Jesus, the anointed Son of God, came into the world He had formed (John 1: 10)- through virgin birth. That is why he is referred to as Messiah ben David, which means “Messiah, son of David”.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.Luke 2: 4 -14
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Today, the secular world ascribes everything humans can deduce about the universe to a penultimate force they cannot yet grasp in entirety. However, disciples of Jesus Christ, worship the ultimate creative power of the universe. This is the triune Godhead -Father, Son, and Spirit. While disciples truly worship his birth, death and resurrection every day, at this time of year, the Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus. In every religious practice, there is sacrifice to sanctify the worshiper for mistakes, omissions and failures. Customary in most ancient practices, a blood sacrifice, and particularly, a blemish-free sacrificial offering. But the blood of animals, promises, and reliance on human will does not mean redemption from our sins. Jesus Christ is far more than this. For us, the fact that God shared his Son with us, to give all humanity a Messiah, is worthy of our worship. It is God’s love for mankind, that God provides in Christ the ultimate sacrifice for our unworthiness. If people would recognize this and live differently, in Christ, they would receive the gift that God has for those who Love Him.
Wishing all my blogging friends of the past few years, and those yet unmet, a Merry Christmas!