Expecting the Messiah.

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The narrative of the whole Bible is woven with the story of the expected Messiah. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dEh25pduQ8
As we approach again the celebration of Jesus’ birth, it is a good time to explore the expectation through the eyes of the Jewish people, who were the first to be expectant and who waited a long time for the big reveal.
We too can remember to be expectant, and not ambivalent, as we await our Christmas celebrations.

Messiah? Really?


Luke 2: 1 – 7; Matt 2: 5 – 6. God’s chosen rescuer and restorer of the kingdom, born somewhere unknown in Bethlehem and put to sleep in a feeding trough. Is this mistaken identity? Certainly not!

The long-expected Messiah. Tell — Shepherds?


Luke 2: 8 – 15 King David had been a shepherd, and the Messiah was spoken of as becoming a shepherd. The shepherds outside Bethlehem were probably the lower parts of society, but that is exactly who the Messiah was coming to rescue. And they were probably good at talking…

Is the waiting over?


Luke 1: 5 – 25, 57 – 80. After more than 500 years of waiting – the first special angel-announced birth – is this the Messiah? In fact the angel announces that this baby will “make ready a people prepared for the Lord”.

A Shepherding Messiah?


Ezekiel 34; Jeremiah 23: 1-8, Luke 15:3-7. It was proving to be a long wait for the promised Messiah? Were they going to be a Conquering King or a Shepherd when they finally came?