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Jesus is the Messiah

This explanation is a favorite of mine about the identity of Jesus as Messiah or Christ. The terms Messiah and Christ have a very rich history and carry a lot of expectations to Jesus when he took that identity upon himself:

Messiah, messianic, Christ

The Hebrew word means literally ‘anointed one,’ hence in theory either a prophet, priest or King. In Greek this translates as Christos; ‘Christ’ in early Christianity was a title, and only gradually became an alternative proper name for Jesus. In practice ‘Messiah’ is mostly restricted to the notion, which took various forms in ancient Judaism, of the coming King who would be David’s true heir, through whom YAHWEH [The Creator God’s proper name] would rescue Israel from pagan enemies. There was no single template of expectations. Scriptural stories and promises contributed 2 different ideals and movements, often focused on (a)  decisive military defeat of Israel’s enemies and (b)  rebuilding or cleansing the temple. The Dead Sea Scrolls speak of two ‘Messiahs’, one a priest and the other a king. The Universal early Christian belief that Jesus was Messiah is only explicable, granted his crucifixion by the Romans (which would have been seen as a clear sign that he was not the Messiah), by their belief that God has raised him from the dead, so vindicating the implicit messianic claims of his earlier ministry.

For the world: Will you take Jesus as the Messiah of history?

For the Church: The New Testament question for modern individualistic Christianity: Is Jesus your Lord or only your savior?