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from the Daily Mail
By Alex Greig
PUBLISHED: 03:17, 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 08:48, 12 August 2013
A judge has ordered a seven-month-old baby’s parents to change his name from Messiah to Martin after they appeared before her in a dispute about the child’s surname.
Instead, the pair were ordered to change the baby’s first name, because, according to the judge, only one person earned the name Messiah, ‘and that one person is Jesus Christ’.
According to WBIR Newport, the mother of the child, Jaleesa Martin, and his father couldn’t agree on whose last name the boy should have, so they went before child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew at Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday to decide the matter.
However, Ballew took issue not with the baby’s surname but his first: Messiah.
The baby’s full name was officially Messiah DeShawn Martin, but Ballew told the baby’s parents that they must change it to Martin DeShawn McCullough, which incorporates both mother and father’s surnames but leaves out Messiah.
“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Judge Ballew told WBIR.
A WBIR reporter asked the judge what she thought about all the children named Jesus.
‘Well, I thought about that,’ she responded. ‘That’s not relevant to this case.’
Martin is amazed a judge could force her to change her son’s name because of their own religion.
‘I was shocked. I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn’t think a judge could make me change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.’
Judge Ballew said she was thinking of the child’s future wellbeing when she made the decision.
The area of Newport where Martin and her son live has a large proportion of Christians, said the judge.
‘It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is,’ Judge Ballew said.
God is with us in our joys and celebrations. He is also with us in our sorrows and suffering, and at our death.
There’s an old Jewish legend:
A Rabbi asked Elijah, “When will the Messiah come?” Elijah replied, “Go and ask him yourself.”
“Where is he?”
“Sitting at the gates of the city.”
“How shall I know him?”
“He is sitting among the poor covered with wounds. The others unbind all their wounds at the same time and then bind them up again. But he unbinds one at a time and binds it up again, saying to himself, ‘Perhaps I shall be needed: if so I must always be ready so as not to delay for a moment. “
The Messiah, the story tells us, is sitting among those in need, binding his own wounds but in such a way that he is always ready to help others when needed. This is the way of the Christian, the follower of Christ. We are all called to be wounded healers. We are not immune to suffering but as we look after our own wounds, we have to be prepared to heal the wounds of others.
Another way of putting it is the way that Jesus put it to his disciples. “If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
An eight-year-old was asked to write a homework essay with the title ‘Explain God’ This is what he wrote:
One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die so there be enough people to take care of things on earth.
He doesn’t make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way, he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.
God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times besides bedtime.
God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.
God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere, which keeps him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mum and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.
Jesus is God’s son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him.
But he was good and kind like his father and he told his father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said OK.
His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth, so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which
are important for God to take care of – and which ones he can take care of himself, without having to bother God. Like a secretary – only more important.
That’s an eight year old’s perception of who God and Jesus are and what they are like.
It’s a misconstrued perception, but, sadly, such warped descriptions aren’t restricted to children.
Many adults too have a false impression of who Jesus is.
Jesus once asked his disciples who people think he is. He was testing public opinion.
The answers ranged from John the Baptist to Elijah and Jeremiah or some other prophet.
But Peter, when asked, was able to give the answer to the puzzle of Jesus’ identity – and his answer should be ours also – ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God’
Jesus is Emanuel, God with us, the head of dominion in whom is full salvation and access to God.
He comes from God, is one with God, reveals his purpose, and leads humanity back to him. He is what God intends humankind to become.
Jesus is about love and reconciliation. He’s about broken lives and putting them back together again.
Jesus is about everything that is good and pure.
He looks at us as he did the disciples that day and says, “Who do YOU say I am?”
Jesus is not someone, who is easily defined, but when, with Peter, we acknowledge him to be the Messiah or Christ, we confess him as we have experienced him.
As we have experienced his compassion and his love.
For Jesus is love.
The real Jesus is someone who cares for us, who has compassion on us, who loves with a love divine all loves excelling; a love that made him sacrifice himself for the likes of us – yes, us, loveless and imperfect as we all are.
When we have experienced that wondrous love, then we truly know who he is – “the Messiah or Christ, the Son of the Living God”
Who is the real Jesus? Someone who loves us far more than we will ever understand.
As the old Hymn puts it –
Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to him belong
They are weak, but he is strong
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so