Jesus is the Christ!
Acts 17:2 – Then Paul as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, (Verse 3) explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.”
Acts 18:5 – When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was constrained by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.
Acts 18:28 – for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly showing from Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.
So why is it so important that we understand that Jesus is the Christ? And, what does it mean practically to us? The name Christ is from the Greek word “Christos.” It’s only in the New Testament because the New Testament was written in Greek, but it’s in the New Testament 571 times.
In the Old Testament, the word for Jesus is “the Messiah.” In Hebrew, it’s “Me’sie.” Why didn’t they just say the word “Messiah?” Why didn’t they just use Messiah to describe Christ or Christos? Me’sie is in the Old Testament 39 times. It’s translated 37 times “anointed.” It was only used 2 times Messiah. Why? Because it means “The Anointed One!”
So the closest word when writing the New Testament in Greek that they had to the Hebrew word Messiah was Christos – Jesus is the Anointed One. That is what Paul was trying to tell the Jews. He is the Anointed One, the Christ.
In the Old Testament God commanded the Israelites to anoint three groups of people: Prophets, Priests, and Kings.
Exodus 30:30 – “And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and sanctify them, that they may minister to Me as priests.” (God was talking to Moses.)
1 Kings 19:16 – “Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Mimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.”
God was speaking to Elijah. Elijah represented the prophets. Elijah was to anoint the king and the prophets and Moses was to anoint the priests.
So what does it mean that Christ is the anointed One? It means that Jesus is my Prophet, my Priest, and my King! The proof is in the Scripture:
(God is speaking to Moses) Deuteronomy 18:18 – ‘I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. (We know this is Jesus because Acts 3 quotes this verse and says Jesus is the fulfillment of this verse.)
That is Jesus the Prophet, now here is Jesus the Priest and King: Zechariah 6:13 – “Yes, He shall build the temple of the LORD. He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” (Who sits on a throne? A King.)
God wanted them to anoint the prophets, priests, and kings in order to get them ready for one day when God sent the true Prophet, the Priest, and the King! So what does it mean that Jesus is my Prophet?
It means that I can hear God directly.
This simply means that we can hear from God Himself and don’t need another person to tell us what He is saying to us.
Jeremiah 31:34 – “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall know Me, from the lest of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
This is the New Covenant. The benefits are the forgiveness of sin, knowing the Lord on personal bases and it’s from the lest to the greatest. And because of the New Covenant, we get to hear from God and don’t have to go to another to hear what He is saying to us. God speaks through His Son the Prophet. John 10:27 – My sheep hear My voice.
We don’t have a hearing problem and God doesn’t have a speaking problem. The problem is that some cannot recognize His voice. Those who are not used to spending time with Him won’t be familiar with His voice.
Do you recognize certain peoples voice on the phone? They don’t have to tell you who they are. I believe a Christian should come to the place that when the Holy Spirit speaks, they should know it is Him. We become so familiar with that voice that we know exactly who is speaking. Yes, we can also hear God speak through others, but we need to learn to hear Him directly.
This also means that I can talk directly to God.
So what does it mean that Jesus is my High Priest? It means that I can talk directly to God about anything. In the Old Testament, only the priest could approach God, and the priest could only approach Him once a year. However, sacrifices were done every day, morning and evening. The priest s were the only ones that could approach God because they were anointed and the people were not.
Now Jesus approaches God on our behalf because He is our anointed Priest. Hebrews 7:27 – who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
Jesus gave the most perfect sacrifice, once for all – Himself! There are no more payments due on our account! Not by Him and not by you! If you are a believer, your account has been marked “Paid in full!”
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. If we ever have a need, not only do we have mercy and grace, but we can go boldly to His throne of grace. Jesus is our High Priest and has cleared the way for us to go boldly to God and talk about anything to Him. So, we can hear God and we can talk to God about anything. He already knows what’s on our mind. He knows our thoughts. Now, what does it mean He is my King?
It means I can walk with God.
Revelation 17:13 – “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. (Verse 14) “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
Satan is not Jesus’ counterpart! A lot of people think God is way up there and Jesus and Satan are on the same level battling it out all the time. Jesus is not doing battle with Satan, we battle Satan and the demonic forces. He has already done the battle and won. Jesus destroyed the works of the devil at the cross. Also, keep this in mind; Jesus is the Creator and Satan is the created! If Satan has a “counterpart” it is Michael, Gabriel. They were all created angels. So, never ever put Satan on the same level as Christ!
Jesus is the King and Satan is a prince. He’s the prince and power of the air, the Bible says, and he’s the prince of darkness! He is not nor will ever be a king.
There is a covenant between the Son and the Father and that’s why the King can show us kindness and mercy. God didn’t make the New Covenant with us, because we couldn’t keep it. God made the New Covenant with His Son the King! And because we believe in Jesus the Christ, the anointed One, Jesus becomes our Prophet, Priest, and King !!