Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Christ: Humanity's only hope


Next week will be the Holy Week for the Roman Catholics all over the world in commemoration of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The question as to whether or not he is a man or God was no longer important or needed. This is not the time to question about the validity of his divine origin, but rather to focus and reflect on the life and teachings of the man considered as humanity’s only hope. Christ’s introduction into the human concept was never without a foe. Satan, the Devil, was moving heaven and earth to prevent the infusion of the divine being into the system of a doomed-to-extinction species.  

Right after the fall of man in the garden of Eden, when the Devil successfully lured Adam and Eve, humanity’s first parents, into the trap of sin, God’s plan for salvation was already underway. The sacrificial lamb, which was to come from one of Adam’s descendants, shall crush the Devil’s head (represented by the serpent) while the latter will be able to also bruise the former’s heels (Genesis 3:15). It was to be expected from the Devil to do everything to keep the Christ from coming and the best way to do that was through the hybridization of the human race.

Genesis chapter 6 told us about the intermarriages that have taken place between the angels (sons of God) and the daughters of men. The result was that there was a generation of giants during that time (before the Great Flood), and also in the generations that followed. These giants were cruel and they began to dominate and bully their human cousins. They were only given each up to 120 years to live, though. As these giants began to multiply in the face of the earth, they as well spread their evil cause. Hence, God decided to destroy the Earth that He has created. But Noah found grace in the eyes of God, so that through his family the human race was preserved.

During the time when God’s chosen people, the Israelites have finally been freed from the clutch of slavery in Egypt, were wandering in the wilderness to reach the promised land, Canaan, the giant race was already well established in the place ahead of them. But God ordered Joshua, Moses’s successor, a total destruction upon them and not to even spare one. The Devil was making his one final attempt to kill the Christ through the Roman client king of Judea, Herod the Great, when the prophecy about the coming of the Messiah has been fulfilled who was to be born of human parents in the city of David. He was able to successfully penetrate through Herod’s head that the king has ordered the slaughter of all children in Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Messiah. But the angel of God was there to protect the young king and guided the Holy Family for a safe escape route towards Egypt.

Christ’s birth marked the beginning of a new age, his life--for us to emulate, his death on the cross conquered death itself, and his resurrection--the manifestation of a divine glory. Christ restored us to where we once were of a divine connection. He was humanity’s only hope; the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him (John 14:6).

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