I'm not 100% Venda

Politicians such as former President Thabo Mbeki or Winnie Madikizela Mandela have complained, according to South African media, about the increasing tribal affiliation among South Africans.

The fight against apartheid was also expressed in the fight against the attachment to their own ethnic group. Like many other countries, South Africa is made up of many different ethnic groups, even though only eleven of them are officially recognized. There are eleven different national languages ​​in South Africa: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Swati, Xhosa, Zulu, Pedi, Sotho, Tswanga, Tsonga and Venda. Other languages ​​spoken include Greek, Portuguese, Khosa, Italian and Mandarin.

On many cars you will find stickers for some time, which can assign the driver to an ethnic group. "I am 100% Venda", "100% Zulu-Takalani Musekwa boy", "I am 100% Tsanwa" etc. Even though these labels are an honest attempt to define one's identity in a multinational state, they are complete mislead. My native language is Venda, but I'm not 100% Venda. Native language and identity can not be set equal. A Chinese who was born and raised in London and speaks only English is not necessarily an Englishman. Simon Vander Stel, a man from the Netherlands who works in the 17. Was moved to Cape Town and became the first governor of the Cape region, was not Dutch. He was the grandson of a free Indian slave woman and a Dutchman. No one is 100% of anything. We are only 100% human.

How is it with Jesus?

Was he 100% Jew? No, he was not. In his family tree are some women who were not Israelites. I am fascinated that two of the four Gospel writers chose to tell in detail about the lineage of Jesus Christ. Did you try to prove something? Matthew begins his text by listing the lineage all the way to Abraham. I suspect it was his attempt to prove that Jesus is the one through whom the promises made to Abraham are fulfilled. Paul writes to the Galatians, who were non-Jews: "Here is not Jew nor Greek, here is not slave nor free, here is not husband nor wife; because you are all one in Christ Jesus. But if you belong to Christ, you are Abraham's children, and heirs according to the promise "(Gal 3, 28-29). He says that everyone who belongs to Christ is also a child of Abraham and a heir to the promise. But what is Paul's promise here? The promise was that all ethnic groups should be blessed by God through the seed of Abraham. Also in the first book of Moses it is said: "I will bless those who bless you, and curse them that curse you; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you "(1, Moses 12, 3) .Paulus also emphasized this in his letter to the church in Galatia:" Have you experienced so much in vain? If it was in vain! Who now gives you the Spirit and does such acts among you, does he do it through the law works or through the preaching of the faith? So it was with Abraham, "He believed God, and he was counted to righteousness." (1, Moses 15, 6). Realize, therefore, that those who are of faith are Abraham's children. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith. Therefore she proclaimed to Abraham (1, Moses 12, 3): "In you all heathen shall be blessed." So now those who are of faith will be blessed with the believing Abraham "(Gal 3, 4-9). So Matthew did not try to prove that Jesus 100% is a Jew, because Paul also writes: "not all are Israelites who come from Israel" (Rom 9, 6).

All humans are from the same tribe

The genealogy of Luke penetrates even deeper into the story and therefore tells of another facet of Jesus. Luke writes that Adam is a direct ancestor of Jesus. Jesus was a son of Adam who was the Son of God (Lk 3, 38). All humanity is descended from this Adam, the Son of God. Luke further elaborates in the book of Acts: "And he made of one man all the human race to dwell on the whole earth, and he fixed how long they should last, and within what limits they should dwell, that they might be God to seek if they could feel and find him good; and truly, he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live, weave and are we; as some poets have said to you, we are of his sex. Since we are now of the divine race, we should not think that the deity is like the golden, silver and stone images made by human art and thought. It is true that God overlooked the time of ignorance; but now he commands men to repent on all ends "(Acts 17, 26-30). The message that Luke wanted to pass on was that Jesus is rooted in the trunk of humanity, just as we are. God created all nations, nations and tribes from one man only: Adam. He wanted him to seek not only the Jews, but all peoples of all nations. That's the Christmas story. It is the story of the one whom God has sent, that all the nations might be blessed, "that he delivered us from our enemies, and out of the hand of all who hate us, and showed mercy to our fathers, and meditate on his holy covenant and on the oath he swore to our father Abraham to give us "(Lk 1,71-73).

Luke describes more details of the birth of Jesus. He tells of angels, the shepherds point the way through the fields to the birthplace of Jesus: "And the angel said to them: Fear not! Behold, I proclaim to you great joy that will befall all the people; for today the Savior is born to you, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And you have to sign: You will find the child wrapped in diapers and lying in a crib. And immediately there was with the angel the multitude of the heavenly hosts, who praised God and said: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth among the people of his pleasure "(Lk 2,10-14).

The Christmas message, the birth of Jesus, is a joy message that applies to all people of all nations. It is a peace message for Jews and non-Jews: "What are we saying now? Do we have a preference for Jews? Nothing. For we have just proved that all, Jews and Greeks, are under sin "(Rom 3, 9). And further: "There is no difference between Jews and Greeks here; it is over all the same Lord, rich for all who call him "(Rom 10, 12). "For he is our peace, who has made of both" one "and has broken off the fence that was in between, namely the enmity" (Eph 2, 14). There is no reason for xenophobia, perpetuality or for war. During the First World War, the Allies and the Germans understood the Christmas message. They put down their weapons for a day and spent time together. Unfortunately, the war immediately continued after that. It does not have to be that way for you. Be aware that you are 100% human.

I wish you to see people the way you have never known them before: "Therefore, from now on, we no longer know anyone about the flesh; and even though we knew Christ after the flesh, we no longer know Him now "(2, Kor 5, 16).

by Takalani Musekwa

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