Messiah comes from the Hebrew word mashiach and means “anointed one” or “chosen one.” The Greek equivalent is the word Christos or, in English, Christ. The name “Jesus Christ” is the same as “Jesus the Messiah.” In biblical times, anointing someone with oil was a sign that God was consecrating or setting apart that person for a particular role. So…
An “anointed one” was someone with a special, God-ordained purpose. An anointed one was set apart.
As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we want the world to know He came NOT as “an” anointed one, but as THE Anointed One, set apart by God Himself.
During His earthly ministry, many Jews were disappointed by Jesus because He did not satisfy their idea of the mighty military leader who would liberate them from their Roman oppression. Jesus was meek and quiet in spirit. They wanted someone who would possess a commanding presence, one other world leaders would listen to and respect, but Jesus hung out with the sinners and the socially unacceptable. He broke Jewish customs.
He was considered a ragamuffin by their religious standards…
Jesus didn’t come to win a popularity contest.
All of history pinnacles on Jesus Messiah. Old Testament kings and priests point to Him, and Old Testament prophets spoke of Him. The wise men brought gifts for Him. John the Baptist prepared the hearts of people for Him. The Father anointed Him.
Jesus Christ. Yeshua Mashiach. He was and is God’ s answer to all of humanity’s need for a Savior. Many rejected Him then, and many reject Him today.
But make no mistake…He IS the Messiah, and we celebrate Him as the Anointed One for all people.
Jesus Messiah, far too often I try to fit You into my idea of who You should be. I fear I have minimized Your holiness, Your majesty, and Your power. I am learning that I cannot fully comprehend the magnitude of who You are. Thank you for coming for all people who would believe in You. You are our Great Hope. You are our Only Hope…Amen.
John 1:41 – “He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).”
Luke 9:20 – “Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!”