The Name and Meaning of Jesus Christ
“Christ” is Jesus’ rightful, honorable title. The Old Testament prophesies of a coming “Messiah” (Daniel 9:25-26), which, in Hebrew, means “anointed”. Messiah was translated into Greek as “Christos”, “anointed one”, which was later transliterated into English as “Christ”. In ancient times the practice of anointing someone signified this person's assignment to a very high office with an equivalently high title. Anointing was done primarily with kings, priests and prophets. All three of these offices/titles the Bible declares Jesus to hold! As Christians we can appropriately call Jesus the Christ, for He is our Prophet, Priest and King, the anointed one of God.
So the next time you pray to Christ or speak of Jesus in conversation think about who you’re talking to or about. As the name and position of “mom” evokes feelings and meaning to all of us, let the name and title of Jesus Christ do all the more.
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