who is Jesus?

What does “Christ” mean?

“Christ” is not Jesus’ last name.  “Christ” in the Greek & “Messiah” in the Hebrew both mean the same thing: “Anointed One.”

The Christ foreshadowed in the Old Testament

The way that God worked throughout the whole Bible is through “Anointing.”  There are four main roles that were anointed in the Old Testament:

  1. Prophet – prophets led the people back to God
  2. Priest – priests mediated between God and Man
  3. King – kings led, guided, and protected the people of God
  4. Judge – judges would judge the enemies of God

The Christ fulfilled in the New Testament

The New Testament anticipated the coming of the “Anointed One”: The Ultimate Prophet, Priest, King, & Judge.  The question that needed answering is “Who is the Christ?”

When Simon Peter responds,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matt. 16:16),” that is the long awaited answer to the greatest question of all time.  Jesus is the “Christ.”

  • Jesus is the ultimate Prophet that leads people back to God
  • Jesus is the ultimate Priest who mediated between God and Man
  • Jesus is the ultimate King who leads, guides, and protects His people
  • Jesus is the ultimate Judge who will, in His 2nd coming, judge the enemies of God

What does “Jesus” mean?

Jesus means “The Lord Saves.”  How does “The Lord Save?”  He saves by being the Christ.  If you want to know “Who is Jesus,” you just need to know His name. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Rom. 10:13).”