The Christ

Jesus is the Lord.  He is the Teacher.  And He is the Christ.

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.

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7 Responses to The Christ

  1. Anonymous says:

    but is he God?

  2. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    ‘Why do we act like He’s absent?’

    Good question.
    Maybe because we don’t see him with our physical eyes. As long as I didn’t feel His love for me, I was not eager about living in His presence. But by God’s grace, today things look quite different, and…I never want to lose Him who’s giving His live-giving Spirit (1 Cor 15:45). If I ever lose Him, I know, life goes on since the pulse beats, but I’d be gone…

    Never losing the gift of God’s loving presence, I think, that’s the most important thing to me! Since in His presence I can be who I am indeed. There is nothing I would hide in God’s loving presence. This is quite different with the presence of most other people (not all 😉 ). God’s presence is always a loving presence. And I believe, we know that it must be love when the heart feels torn into pieces only thinking about the possibility that the loved one might be gone. Alas, love without suffering doesn’t exist in this world. But later.
    And, yes – it’s love endless…Here and now, all we need is to be close to the faithful One who ‘shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners’ (Rom 5:8). Though currently, our souls are treasures traveling through space…trying to keep faith in an exhausting race (2 Tim 4:7).

    • Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

      Thank you for the link, Mike. But I’ve read that posting today, and some others too. I don’t know the book Brother Lawrence wrote, but I suppose, most certainly, I’d love it! Since I also profited from the records of many monks, nuns, and beguines, which reveal that it’s unnecessary to live a monastic life in order to experience God’s presence. My favorite reads were from Meister Eckhardt and Mechthild von Magdeburg.

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