The Messiah Comes!

9 Oct

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Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord…

Jn 12:13b

Embraced by God, Part 6

IT IS THE PROPHET ISAIAH WHO SPEAKS so very clearly of the Messiah who was to bring joy to faithful hearts. Isaiah saw in the Messiah someone to be acclaimed as Lord and God—and one who suffers because he is the Savior.

Go up on a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings;

Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news!

Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah,

Here is your God!

Is 40:9

    AND AGAIN, the voice of the Messiah, Jesus Christ the Lord, is uttered through Isaiah:

The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue,

That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.

Morning after morning he opens my ears that I may hear;

And I have not rebelled, have not turned back.

I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;

My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.

The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced;

I have set my face like flint, knowing I shall not be put to shame.

Is 50:4-7

HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!

At last, the time has come. The promised Messiah has arrived. He is Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary.

He is introduced to us all by John the Baptist. John is baptizing repentant sinners in the Jordan River. He sees Jesus walking toward him. He announces simply, but forcefully, Jesus’ true identity:

Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

Jn 1:29

            With John’s proclamation, we enter into the mystery of salvation.

CHRIST CAME TO REDEEM ALL PEOPLE of all generations. We each are called to recognize in Christ our own personal Savior. At the same time, we are called into the new People of God. It is a call to become fully immersed in the Body of Christ, into his Church.

Being in the Church provides what people most need—intimacy with God through Word and Sacrament, and a deeply rooted communion with other believers, a communion ordained by God and reflective of the natural desire to belong, to count, to live with others.

As with the ants in our preceding blog, we need each other, and depend on each other, to achieve success in our lives and mission.

BUT BE PATIENT: When moving into God’s embrace, it is often slow and painstaking growth rather than dramatic conversion.

 

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