Christ comes from Christos, a Greek word that means “the anointed one,” or “the chosen one.”
So Jesus Christ combines His name (Jesus) with His title (Christ), meaning Jesus, the anointed One, or Jesus, the chosen One. Jesus is His human name as announced to Mary by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:31), and Christ is His title, as the chosen, anointed Son of God.
In the Old Testament, those who were set apart by God for positions of spiritual or political leadership were anointed with oil as a symbol of their authority. Oil was poured on the heads of priests, kings, and prophets to indicate that God had chosen them and consecrated them for the work He had given them to do.
The Bible records two times that Jesus was anointed with oil (Matthew 26:6, 7; Luke 7:37, 38). But more importantly, Jesus was anointed by God for His role as “the Christ.” The Bible says, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).
As “the Christ,” Jesus was God’s anointed One who fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, the chosen One who came to save us from sin, and the One who has promised to come again to usher in His everlasting kingdom.
Over Easter, I posted this to Facebook:
Today is humanity’s annual reminder that the case fatality rate for life is 100%. By all and any various means, each of us will die, and no mitigation measure or scientific breakthrough will allow any of us to escape this result. There is, however, a whisper of a ‘cure,’ a rumor, if you will, of a Doctor who licked Death, and now offers his own antibodies to those who seek Him. This is your annual reminder that many who seek claim they have found and now feel they have Good reason to Hope. … continue reading...
The title of this post does not do the matter justice. The word ‘abuse’ is too mild, and it might be even more accurate to say that in actual fact the sweeping trend within Christendom is that there is outright plain ignorance on what these terms mean. The charge only matters at all to those Christians who believe that the Scriptures are the final and ultimate authority. A huge swath of people who call themselves Christians obviously don’t, so this post is not really for them, even though they share in the guilt. Of course, the term ‘Christian’ itself is … continue reading...
Several years ago I had the privilege of having Anne Rice discover my review of her book “Out of Egypt.” She left a comment. This was an honor, and also a frightening reminder that sometimes the subjects of my blog posts actually read them. In respect to her, when I reviewed “The Road to Cana” I forwarded it along to her. In private correspondence, she told me I did a great job. Well, I thought she had done a good job. When it came time to review her spiritual autobiography, I worried that the good feelings might ebb. As … continue reading...