Every day and every week, every month and every year, Christians worship the Lord Jesus Christ. The focus of our faith is in his person and work as the one Mediator between God and Man, our Savior and King. In the Christmas season we especially celebrate his advent — his entrance into the world as a baby, his holy arrival as the mediator between Heaven and Earth.
During the course of the coming month, to honor the Advent of Christ, we will meditate on five aspects of his identity — Messiah, God, Man, Savior, and Light of the World. Each of these names highlights a different element of his glory — for which his people rightly adore and honor him.
This Sunday, we will focus on Christ as Messiah — listening to the prophecy about him made in the fifth chapter of Micah. “Messiah” means anointed one, the one chosen and empowered by God for a specific task. In Jesus’ case, the fact that he is the Messiah emphasizes the promises made to the people of Israel about a Savior/King who would fulfill all of God’s promises for his people. This King would bring hope and joy to all who would trust in Him. He would redeem them from their bondage and usher them into God’s everlasting peace.
Throughout the Scriptures, prophetic glimpses of this ultimate Messiah gleam through the songs and narratives and rituals and prophecies of the Old Testament. In the New Testament, written after Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God consistently declares that Jesus is the fulfillment of all of these divine expectations. When we exalt Jesus as the Messiah we are declaring that all of God’s promises are fulfilled in him, that he is the hope of every longing heart, that he is the Christ —the anointed one of God — to be the eternal Savior and King.