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Messiah, I will follow thee forever

Messiah is the promised deliverer of the Jews and Jesus Christ as the liberator of the oppressed people who were messianic – inspired with hope and belief in the Messiah as found in the Holy Bible revered by all Christians. Christians the world over celebrate the Holy message of this joyful day with extravagant spending gone commercial forgetting the true meaning of the word. No doubt, it is the most joyful event in a Christian’s life but eventually leads us to remember we all are responsible for nailing him upon the cross by our misdoings, sins, and disobedience to God. It is this innocent perfect baby who will make the sacrifice to save us, sinners.

Let us meditate, ponder and think on these terms as we welcome the Messiah to our homes who will begin his 33 years of young life caring, nurturing, his scattered sheep bringing them together with love and kindness to fulfil his mission on Earth, spread the word of God who is in heaven sent him to do so.

In the list of his ancestors, Jesus Christ was a descendent of David descended from Abraham to King David and there was the long list of Royal patronage that came from the lineage of Joseph who married Mary the mother of Jesus who was called the Messiah.

Then, there were 14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 from David to the exile in Babylon and the 14 from them to the birth of Christ.

While the shepherd watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground when they heard a voice announcing the coming of the Messiah.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

As promised God sent angel Gabriel to visit Mary, who lived in Nazareth in the town of Galilee. She had already pledged to marry a man named Joseph who was a descendent of King David. The angel came and said: “Peace be with you. The Lord is with you and He has greatly blessed you.”

The message troubled her as she wondered about Gabriel’s words but the angel assured her, “Don’t be afraid Mary. God has been generous to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a King, as his ancestor David was and he will be the King of the descendants of Jacob and his Kingdom will never end.”

“How can this be? I am a virgin,” she said and the angel replied.

“The Holy Spirit will come on you.”

Mary and Joseph remained in Bethlehem until the baby was born. Herod was King when Jesus was born. Days later, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem searching for the baby who was to be the King of the Jews. They saw the star when it came up in the East and they came to worship him.

When King Herod heard about this, he was very upset and so were the people of Jerusalem. All chief priests were called by the King and asked “Where will the Messiah be born?”

“In the town of Bethlehem in Judea for this is what the prophet wrote.” Herod summoned the visitors from the East to find out the exact time and the star appeared. He asked them to go to Bethlehem and find out where he was so that he too can go and worship the baby.

And so they left, and on their way, they saw the same star they had seen in the East.

They were happy and filled with joy when they saw the baby with Mary.

They returned to their country by another road since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.

Joseph got up and took the child and his mother during the night for Egypt. They lived there until Herod died.

Joseph and Mary took the baby for the purification ceremony as the Law of Moses commanded to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord as every first-born male is to be dedicated to the Lord and named him Jesus. In today’s context, it is the baptism of a male child.

As the holy scriptures reveal, this miracle took place on a wintry night when the Prince of Destiny was born in a manger to a virgin; the immaculate Mary when elsewhere some men who studied stars came to Jerusalem searching for the baby who was destined to be the king of Jews. They went in and found the child with his mother Mary.

They knelt down and worshipped him and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh fit for a King.

As Jesus became a man with time growing up with his sheep, he became one of us and needed to be baptized by the Holy Spirit: So, don’t we need to do the same?

And when Jesus was baptised, he went out of the water, and behold the heavens were opened and John saw the Spirit descending like a dove and alighting on him.

 


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