Christ #6 – Right in Front of Us
Noble Baird | Guest Services Director
I love learning, reading, and watching anything that involves history, specifically the Middle Ages and the World Wars. In 1065 AD, we have the beginning of the Crusades. Shortly after this war, we have the beginning of the Knights Templar in 1119. It was a time of “Holy War” in which the Knights Templar carried out the mission that they believed they were called to do, defend the Holy Land. During this time, it was honestly a mess just as any war is. However, one story about the Templars that has always caught my attention is that of the Holy Grail. For centuries, people have made up stories, and some have even taken trips in search of this supposed chalice, which held the blood of Jesus. Now, I do not believe that such a chalice exists, nor do I believe that it holds any sort of mystical power; however, the idea of people being in search of something so desperately that they would dedicate their lives to finding it, and at times even give their lives in search of it, amazes me. Likewise, for hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, the Jewish people were studying and dedicating their lives searching for the Christ, the Messiah that was to come.
Over these past seven weeks, we have been discussing and taking a look at who Jesus is. We began with Him as King and Judge, and then all the way to Him being our Substitute and the Son of God. This week, we are taking a look at Him as Christ. In John 4:25-26, John writes, “The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am he.’” I love this passage of Scripture because it is the first recording where Jesus calls Himself Christ. This woman at the well was hurting, searching, and in need. Jesus saw that hurt and gave her hope, and at that moment, the hope which she had been searching for was right in front of her. In the same way, the Jewish rabbis and teachers of the law were waiting and searching for the Messiah. They knew He was promised to come and were looking everywhere for Him. Once He finally came and was right in front of them, they still did not see Him!
As we celebrate this Easter season, do not miss the hope that is right in front of you…Christ the risen Messiah.