Monday, April 27, 2009

Obama And Messiahship

Now, I am not interested in simply belittling Barack Obama. I know that each one of us should pray for him as our president that God will give him guidance to lead our country in the right way. But I cannot help noticing that he has been considered by many to be, if not the Messiah, at least in some ways like the real Messiah, Jesus Christ.

To show how many people relate to his being the Messiah, you may have noticed that a painting of him with arms outstretched and a crown of thorns on his head to be unveiled on April 29, 2009, in New York City. Also, a sculptor in Des Moines, Iowa, created a statue of Obama riding on a donkey depicting his "triumphal entry" just as Jesus had his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem in New Testament days. On January 24, 2009, he paraded this sculpture in an inaugural parade.

Even Obama himself said, "Contrary to popular belief, I was not born in a manger. I was born on Krypton." He seems to think of himself, maybe not as much a Messiah as a superman who is out to save the world.

Remember, though, that there were two opinions of Jesus when he was here on the earth. Many believed on him as the real Messiah who came to save his people from their sins, but many others believed that he was a blasphemer (Matt. 9:3). They did not believe that he was really God (Matt. 13:55); they said he was only the carpenter's son. Even his disciples misunderstood him, thinking that he would set up his kingdom at this time in the world against the Roman government. And even when he died and was resurrected, they did not believe it. Remember that Jesus said ". . . for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins."

The real Messiah was not a blasphemer. He was really and truly God in the flesh (Immanuel). He did not set up his kingdom at that time but will later. He did die and raised himself up from the dead (John 10:15, 17, 18; 13:37).

Which one of these Messiahs is Obama? Is he the one who came to save the world through his own death, burial and resurrection? Or is he the other one? Think about it?

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