Mashiach / Christos

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).

John 1:41

When you were a child, did you ever get yourself into a sticky situation that you couldn’t get yourself out of?  I’m sure that your answer, like mine, is MANY times!  When we are young (especially teenagers 😉), we have a tendency to make some really dumb decisions and then our parents have to rescue us.  Some parents refuse to help at all.  Others always get their kids out of the trouble so they don’t have to deal with any consequences.  But many, like my parents, help us get out of trouble, but allow us to feel the consequences of our actions.  That is pretty much the picture of what Jesus, the Christ, does for us! 

Christos is the Greek version of the word Mashiach.  Our English translation reads Mashiach as Messiah. Of course, Christos is Christ.  This is not Jesus last name … it is a title.  It would be more correct to say “Jesus, the Christ” rather than “Jesus Christ”.  Christos is found 530 times in the New Testament.  The title is not found in the Old Testament but there are many prophecies describing Him.

The verb mashach means “to smear or anoint with oil usually to dedicate or consecrate something or someone”.  It was often used in the Old Testament for a prophet, a priest, or a king.  Anointing was a sign that God had chosen them for a specific work.  

Jesus fulfilled those prophecies of the Messiah.  God knew that we would NEVER be able to be good enough to get into Heaven on our own.  He knew that we were gonna do some really dumb things!  He sent His Son to save us!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 

John 3:16-18

Now this deliverance did not remove potential natural consequences of our behavior, it just took care of the eternal consequences.  But here’s the thing … it does not do any good to just know that He is Messiah.  It isn’t enough to believe that He was the Anointed One or Chosen One. 

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

James 2:19

Several days ago we talked about the need to submit to Him, as well.  He must be our Savior AND LORD.  He is worthy of that.  We can trust Him in taking care of us. 

Jews, for the most part, believe that the Messiah has not yet come.  There are some (called Messianic Jews) who do believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but most don’t.  There have been several scholars who have done some mathematical equations of the probability of one man fulfilling all of the prophecies of the Messiah (just as Jesus did).  The probability of one man fulfilling just 8 of the prophecies is 10^17.  If we take 10^17 silver coins and cover the state of Texas, it would fill the state 2 feet deep.  Now we need to pick one of those coins that has been marked.  That is the probability … and yet Jesus fulfilled ALL of the prophecies!  That is pretty amazing!  And remember how I said earlier that the anointing was for prophets, priests, and kings … well, Jesus was all three!

Let us worship the Messiah, come to earth to save us!

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