You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23, 5b)

 

Dear readers,

 

David was anointed king (1 Sam. 16). The prophet Samuel took his oil horn and anointed the young shepherd in the name of God. God had chosen David. He was loved by God, he was given the Holy Spirit. Thus he became the ancestor of Jesus. The New Testament starts with this sentence (Math. 1, 1): This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.

 

Jesus Christ is the Lord´s Anointed. He speaks of Himself (Luke 4, 18+19): “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 

Jesus Christ trusts us Christians to serve in his mission for the people. He trusts us to encourage those who have become discouraged from illness and unemployment or through personal crises. He trusts us to help those who collapse under the burdens of their lives. He trusts us to raise our voice for those who have become silent from pain and grief.

 

God wants to put life back on solid ground. In a time when ethical values are shifting like the earth's plates and our society is being shaken by this, we need a solid foundation for life. People have longed for this during the times all along. The apostle Paul already comforted the Christians in Corinth. He gave them a perspective (2. Cor. 1, 22): “Now God has provided solid ground both for you and us in Christ. He anointed us, he has put his seal of ownership on us, and poured his Spirit into our hearts as a deposit for eternal life, that is still to come”.

 

Those words provide courage. God also anoints us with his Holy Spirit. He calls us his children. So we can pray to him: "Abba, dear father!" (Romans 8:15). Jesus Christ himself wants to fill our heart like a cup,  that overflows with peace, with joy, with hope and with love.

 

I wish you to let your heart be anointed daily through God's healing power. The Lord Jesus Christ has expressly encouraged us to do this. He says (Luke 11, 13): “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him for it!”

 

God bless you!

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