Matthew 1:1 NIV
 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Matthew seems pretty confident that Jesus is the Messiah, a word with so much power to reckon with us and all that has captured us that I am not sure how big or long or loud our explanations of Messiah could be and still be only an approximation of the real.
Some synonyms: King, Anointed, Savior, Redeemer, Ransomer, Hero, Deliverer, Protector
The before and the not-yet
Become the metaphysical geography of a mid-afternoon discourse-
What is the last holiday of a person’s life?
Passover? Kwanzaa? Thanksgiving? Cinco de Mayo? Christmas?
Christmas-I know you love Christmas!
As do the trees
Poised as they are, impatient,
On the far tether of human reckoning
Waiting for the signal
Clap before their King
Isaiah 42:1-4 (NIV)
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;  he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”