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The Messiah at Christmas (4 of 5)
Series: The Christmas Story
Matthew 1:16-17, 2:3-4
(Video - Willie's Big Christmas) - Willie didn't get the 'why' of Christmas. He understood the 'what' as in 'what happened', but not the 'why' until he encounters the bird. Don't miss this; the bird is a creature which, given that set of circumstances, couldn't help himself. When birds are trapped, they can literally die trying to get free themselves or become so conditioned to their surroundings that they accept their lot in life.
Here's the deal; they want out of the house and freedom from the bondage of that place, but they do not possess enough knowledge to find the door' and let themselves out. Look at what Willie did for the bird; he caught it, protected it (in the bag), took it to the door, and then was able to give the bird the freedom to live life. This bird would have never been free without someone, like Willie. The bird needed help. He needed a friend, a helper, a deliverer, a savior, or - (to overly use this word) a messiah.
Candidly, we don't use the word Messiah very much today because, quite honestly, we have been programmed to think we need no one. To really need a 'messiah' is to admit weakness and that is something we don't do. (We'll come back to that thought).
In Bible times there was much talk about a Messiah, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament because they KNEW they needed something and that something was a 'someone.'
(READ TEXT). Jesus Christ is the Messiah, He is the anointed one, He is the ark of safety on the flood waters of eternity, and He is Savior of man.
The Anticipation toward the Messiah - Throughout history they were looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. Think about it this way: if you were in trouble and you knew your dad was coming to get you OUT of trouble, you'd be sitting (as they say) on 'pins and needles' awaiting his arrival. The Jewish people stayed in trouble. Their arrogance, hard ...
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