Whatever else is true, it is emphatically not true that the ideas of Jesus of Nazareth were suitable to his time, but are no longer suitable to our time. Exactly how suitable they were to his time is perhaps suggested in the end of his story. –G. K. Chesterton
I am in search of a suitable Messiah . . . one who will come when I call . . . who will be strong . . . one whose omnipotence shows in ways I can measure . . . whose omnipresence is obvious by the changes wrought in the world . . . one whose omniscience prevents every bad thing before the badness even has a chance to grow from budding thought to flowering full-bloom evil . . .
I am in search of a suitable Messiah . . . strong, sure, purposeful, direct, clear and clearly in charge . . .
I am in search of a suitable Messiah . . . not a dependent, crying, needful baby . . . not a god who grows . . . not a savior who needs me to do the saving . . .
I am in search of a suitable Messiah . . . and this baby Jesus in the manger simply will not do!
A messiah who needs rescuing is an oxymoron.
Such a messiah isn’t suitable at all.