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Everytime we choose a king or vote a leader, we are looking for a messiah – looking for that man or woman who will make our dreams of paradise come true. We are looking for that person who will make sure there is food on our table, there is peace in our land, and there is good health and prosperity for all.
Many teachers have written books on how to produce this messiah, who will lead us with wisdom and selflessness. More than 2000 years ago the Greek Philosopher Plato wrote a book called ‘The Republic’ to teach us how choose a messiah, and in more recent times the American philosopher John Rawls wrote another book called ‘A Theory of Justice’ also to teach us how to produce a messiah.
The good news for Plato and Rawls is that ‘The Messiah’ has already come; the wise and selfless leader, fair to all, has already come. Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) talks about him like this: “For to us a child is born… a son is given… the government will be on his shoulders… he will be called Wonderful Counselor… Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne… upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever…”
When we read about Jesus in the Bible, when we think about his love, and his many miracles of healing, feeding the hungry, raising the dead – don’t we just wish that the leaders we choose have these same abilities? Fortunately, the Jesus who walked the earth and turned water to wine is coming again. In the space between his first and second coming, we have seen that no one can be like him!
As the world goes through troubling times, with one crises after another, with one leader after another promising us paradise only to fail to deliver, have you thought about Jesus? Perhaps, the gospel stories about Jesus is still just those silly stories we tell children; think about them again, in light of the fact that the biggest need in the world right now is for a wise, selfless leader, who is fair to everyone!
Jesus, the world needs you, come quickly, Amen!