During the time of Christ, the Messiah was believed to be a king, one who would save Israel from its oppression. One who would fight for Jerusalem and the Jewish faith. However, Christ was not what they expected, he was not a king who would rule the earthly plane, as a human king would. He was not a warrior who would defeat the Romans nor was he a leader who would organize a revolt by rallying the people of Israel to concur the rest of the world and thus put an end to their persecution. He was not what they expected, they did not believe his message of peace and love and the kingdom of God were what the Messiah was to do. As far as the people of the time, Jesus was just like them, he was not an imposing figure like Goliath, he was not a man who saw people other than the Jew’s as enemies. Jesus was not at all what the Messiah was supposed to be. He was, as Pope Francis stated, so human, not at all what they expected. hen you think of Jesus, how do you see him? do you see the word made flesh for the salvation of humanity? Or do you see him as a man, given from God as our brother and savior, as the new covenant, who by his body and blood, forgave our sin, and gave us the path into the kingdom of heaven?
Pastor Lisa Chachula