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Anticipation Of The Messiah

Posted: October 23, 2008 in Christianity
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I have been taking time lately to try and put myself in the shoes of the people living when books of the Bible were written. This process has led me to appreciate some of the passages more. I would encourage you to think about who the books of the Bible are written to and about. One thing that has struck me is in regard to the many Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah. First let’s remember in the Old Testament they are sacrificing animals to cover their sins. They then begin getting prophecies of a coming Messiah. Does He come immediately?  No. For hundreds upon hundreds of years they wait in anticipation. Generation upon generation passing on the prophecies about the Messiah. Then John the Baptist comes on to the scene. In John 1 the Jews send priests and Levites to ask John the Baptist who he was. He replies that he is not the Messiah. So after all these years, they are obviously still looking for and anticipating the Messiah. From Leviticus until this point they are still offering up sacrifices to cover their sins. The next day after John talked with the priests and Levites everything changed.

John 1:29-31 – 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the One I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who has surpassed me, because He existed before me.’ 31 I didn’t know Him, but I came baptizing with water so He might be revealed to Israel.”

Look what he says. “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” No more covering of sins, for the Messiah had come to take away sins. Hundreds of years of anticipation and finally He was there. Imagine the excitement and hope of people when they began to realize who Jesus was. We many times take this for granted because we come afterward. We want to move past this into “deeper” issues. But there is nothing deeper to learn than the Messiah who came to take away sin. We should be excited and thankful that we don’t have to make an effort to cover our sins. Our sins are already taken away when we come to the Messiah.

Most rejected Him though. They fell asleep and forgot who they were looking for. Today as we wait for Jesus to come again, are we prepared? Are we eagerly waiting with anticipation and hope? Is Jesus your Messiah, Christ, Lord and Savior now? If He is not, don’t wait until it is too late. When the Messiah returns again it will be too late. We have been waiting nearly 2000 years for His return. This time everyone will know who He is. This time every knee will bow. What a glorious day.

Homosexuality is a major topic in our nation, in our churches and in our homes. How are we as Christians to deal with this issue?  First of all, I believe that the Bible teaches it as sin. We need to treat it as we do any other sin. We did to condemn the sin, but we also need to lovingly help the person who is struggling with it. Too many times the church is prone to eat their own. We cast aside those who have committed adultery, been divorced or are struggling with homosexuality. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the only unforgivable sin. Homosexual sin does not automatically send a person to hell. We need to teach those in our churches who struggle with homosexuality what the Bible says about it. Then we need to help them find ways to overcome that sin. Unfortunately, most conservative churches are unwilling to have an honest discussion on the topic.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have the churches who condone it. Or actually promote is by ordaining gay clergy. This leads many to believe that their sinful behavior is alright. This is a dangerous road to lead people down, because God says He will eventually give people over to their sin. The church must preach and teach about sin. It can’t avoid talking about sin just because it might hurt someone’s feelings.

With that being said, today I saw a story that reminded me of the struggle that happens even in our churches. Several days ago, I wrote about my experience at a Ray Boltz concert. Well today I found out that he has announced that he is gay and is proud of it. His 30 year marriage to his wife is over. He says that God created him that way, so why shouldn’t he live that way. He goes on to say that he doesn’t believe God will send him to hell for acting the way God created him to be. It was very sad for me to hear this news. This is a man who created some great Christian music that has ministered to many. But I just could not believe the words he said. We are all born with a desire to sin, that is why we needed Jesus. We can’t just live a sinful lifestyle because we have a desire in us to do so. Ray can be forgiven for these sins, if he repents. I will be praying that God convicts Ray of his sins. As we think about this, remember that we have all had sins we needed to repent of. And that our wonderful God will forgive us if we do. Lets not elevate on sin above another.