Lent

Names of Jesus Day 14: Christ/Messiah

These names of Jesus mean the same thing, but come from two different languages.
A quick language lesson:
Christ (Greek) /Messiah (Hebrew) – “the Anointed”
“The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things’.” – John 4:25, ESV

Gentiles Hear the Good News

34 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), 37 you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea,beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil,for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” – Acts 10:34 – 43, ESV

A note straight from my catechism: “Anointing was the way prophets, priests and kings were set apart for special work.” Among Jesus’ many names were also, prophet, priest & king.
 Again and again we see the intention and promise fulfilled even in the names given to Jesus both before his earthly life and as he lived. The people had read and heard these prophecies of old and were witnessing their fulfillment, not just through the names, but the man and the message of love that He brought to them.

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