Tunga – Those of us who have put our faith in Christ Jesus know him as our Messiah. We believe that he is the Passover Lamb whose blood has bought our lives. In the Old Testament, the first Passover was the result of the tenth plague. An angel of the Lord was instructed to kill every first born child in Egypt, but to pass over the houses marked with the blood of the lamb on the doorposts. Since then, Passover has been celebrated to remember the freeing of the Israelite slaves and the Almighty God who loves them.
Two thousand years ago, give or take a few, was a very special Passover. Jesus rode into town as the people laid down palm branches and shouted ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ By the end of that week, Jesus had been tried, crucified, and he died. The curtain in the temple tore in two. Our Passover Lamb offered a final sacrifice, Himself. All was not lost, however. Jesus rose from the dead.
The disciples soon began preaching, using the scriptures to prove that Jesus had to be killed and rise again. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, they spread their message far and wide. Numbers were added to them daily, persecution or not. Eventually Christianity transformed the fate of the Roman Empire.
In the New Testament, Messiah is only seen twice, however it is interchangeable with Christ. Even before Jesus walked the earth, people have declared themselves to be the messiah. In the centuries since, many more people have done the same. In this day and age, a man was so impressed with the speech of another, he called the other man the messiah. Now it’s one thing to have a messiah figure in the movies, but to call another man the messiah? Isn’t that a bit much?