What and Who Is Our “Messianic Hope”?
By Pastor Jonathan S. Ferriol
A savior is man’s universal longing. It is a longing that is deeply ingrained in us. Since the dawning of human civilization, we have been looking and searching for a messiah or a deliverer who would defend and rescue us from dangers that often threaten our survival. The book of Genesis records that as early as the Adamic period, man has been calling out to God for salvation (Genesis 4:26).
“Messianic hope” – the belief and conviction that a savior will one day come to save them from tyranny, is Israel’s national dream. It dates back to the time of Abraham, and proceeding all the way down to the closing chapters of the Old testament era. This messianic hope peaked during the 400 “silent years” in which, Israel was overrun by four successive empires namely, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greece and finally, Rome (Daniel 7:1-7). This vision of a messianic leader, as we can see in the lives of Simeon, the priest and Anna, the prophetess (and even among the eastern Magi), was still very much alive up to the very time that Jesus, man’s only true Messiah, was born (Luke 2:25-36, Matthew 2:1).
But where does this longing for a savior come from? The Bible, God’s words, reveal that our cry for a redeemer comes from our own sense of inadequacy and brokenness. Deep within us, we have this gnawing sense of helplessness. A realization that if given a proper logical and reasonable consideration will actually lead us to search for God, who is our Savior! Apostle Paul understood this, that’s why he wrote, “Wretched man tha I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25).
In the movie, “Superman Returns,” there is a scene where Lois Lane was holding tightly to Superman’s arms, as she and the man of steel, were hovering above the earth’s stratosphere. Superman took her to the edge of space to stress a point that not only Lois Lane, but many in the world today, also miss.
Superman: Listen; what do you hear?
Lois Lane: Nothing.
Superman: I hear everything. You wrote that the world doesn’t need a savior, but every day I hear people crying for one.
Some people deny their need for Jesus Christ as their Savior. But their desires for comfort in their pain, justice from their oppresors, help in their times of need, healing in their malaises and relief from their sufferings, are actually their mute, yet, undeniable cry for God and His salvation thru His Son, Jesus Christ! But like Lois Lane, some people may deny Christ as the Savior of mankind, but they will soon realize that their denials aren’t proving them right either. Man needs a Savior that’s why, man needs Christ.
I pray that this Christmas, you will seek for Jesus Christ as your Savior. And if you are one who has already found Him, I pray too that you will share the “messianic hope” who is Jesus the Christ! Have a blessed Christmas!