Christ, the Messiah
“And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ” (Matthew 1.16 NKJV).
The Old Testament was mainly written in Classical Hebrew except for a small portion in the Books of Daniel and Ezra written in Aramaic. By the time the New Testament was written, the Jewish nation was under the dominion of the Roman Empire, which spoke Greek and Latin as their languages of choice. Therefore, the New Testament was written mainly in Greek because many people of the day spoke that language. It was like the English language today—a shared language that allowed people of different countries to communicate. The word “Christ” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word, “Messiah.” They both mean “Anointed One.” When we read or hear the name, “Jesus Christ,” we can also understand it as “Jesus, the Messiah.” When Apostle John declares Jesus as Christ, he is making a bold statement, declaring that finally here is the Messiah Whom the Jewish people have been waiting for—the Anointed One Who will usher in a time of peace and reconciliation back into God’s Kingdom and His heart. Because of sin, the connection humanity had with God was broken. What is holy cannot have anything to do with what is unholy. Yet, the Messiah would take our transgression upon Himself and give us His perfection. Through the Messiah, God’s justice and His love can co-exist. We are healed from our sinful nature through the death and resurrection of the Messiah, the Christ—they are one and the same. Two expressions of the same Anointed One unite the Old and New Testament into one miraculous picture of God’s love for all His children.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53.5 NIV).
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