As christ was anointed priest prophet and king so may

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salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body , sharing everlasting life . Amen. The holy oil used in baptism is an important symbol with profound meaning. In real way today, oil is the symbol for wealth. Biblical meaning of oil In Scriptural times, olive oil was mixed with an aromatic substance called balsam. It was used to anoint. For example, balsam-perfumed oil was used to anoint the heads of guests at dinner parties to show respect and esteem. You might recall from Luke’s Gospel how the Pharisee Simon failed to this courtesy to Jesus, but the notorious woman who was a sinner rushed in from off the street to do so (Lk 7: 36- 50). Dead bodies were also anointed with oil as a preparation for burial. This was the task the women went to perform on Jesus’ body Easter Sunday morning (Mk 16:1). The Jews also used to consecrate their altars and priests with holy oil to symbolize God’s sweet, continuous presence. But the most important use for oil in biblical times was the anointing of kings by either priests or prophets . One of the most striking examples of this David’s anointing by Samuel as described in 1 Samuel, Chapter 16. In time, anointing of the king – God’s servant or son –took on special significance . In Israel there arose a belief that a special “anointed one” of god would come at the of time to overcome the world. The title Messiah meant “anointed one” and designated this anointed redeemer. Christians, of course, believe that Jesus is the “anointed one of God, the Messiah .” His anointing by God’s Spirit was pictured at his baptism. His mission was foretold in Isaiah. Here, the Messiah was not seen as a glorious king to be served by the nations of man, but as a Suffering Servant. Read the marvelous words of the prophet: Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have endowed him with my spirit that he may bring true justice to the nations. He does not cry out or shout aloud or make his voice heard in the streets. He does not break the crush reed nor quench the wavering flame.
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80 Faithfully he brings true justice; he will neither waver, nor be crushed until true justice is established on earth for the islands are awaiting his law (Is 42:1-4). Anointed With Christ When the Christian is anointed with chrism, he or she takes on Christ. “Christians” get their name because they are anointed followers of the Anointed One, Jesus Christ . ( Khristos is the Greek word for “Messiah-Anointed One.”) Each Christian is called on to be another Christ, to share in his role of Suffering Servant for all peoples. Baptism is sometimes called “christening” to underscore this reality. The rich symbolic anointing chrism reminds the Christian that his or her task is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. It stresses symbolically that to be anointed with Jesus served, to wash the feet of others as Jesus demonstrated (Jn 13:1-7).
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