Some people have heard the name Jesus Christ and wondered if “Christ” was a surname, as “Smith” would be in John Smith. It isn’t.
Christ is a title, and it appears in the Bible both with and without the article “the.” The meaning is the same whether you see “Christ” or “The Christ.”
It also is combined with the name Jesus either at the beginning or the end. That is, you’ll find both “Jesus Christ” and “Christ Jesus” in the Bible (the former about 130 times and the latter about 90 times).
The word “Christ” comes to us from the Greek but it’s based on a Hebrew word (Messiah) which means “Anointed.” In ancient times, kings and priests of Israel were “anointed” with oil as a sign of their having been chosen by God for a task or role. Therefore, to say that someone was “the Lord’s anointed” was to say that he was God’s designated person to accomplish God’s designated task.
“The Christ” came to be the title applied to the great figure God promised throughout the Old Testament scriptures and revealed in the New Testament scriptures. This was to be THE Anointed, THE Christ, THE Messiah. It is this Christ who would overcome all the enemies of God.
Jesus, the Lord, was this great Christ promised by God from long ago. In other words, Jesus is the fulfillment of all the promises of God. And that’s saying a lot.
This Christ is watching you now. He has always been watching you, and watching over you. He loves you. He died on the cross for you. He’s present in the room where you’re now sitting. He’s always present in every room we occupy. Why do we act like He’s absent?
Worship Christ the Lord, for truly Jesus was anointed by God to be the Lord.
Let us live forever in His presence, beginning if not before, then at this moment.
Bible notes on this post.
See also the post Call on His Name.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.