I will deal with these three names together –  “Jesus Christ,” “the Christ,”  and “Messiah/Messias.”  Jesus was an “earthly” name given by Joseph in accordance with the angel’s message. 

Christ is a title given to Jesus.  It is the Greek form of the word Messiah, which means The Anointed One.  Throughout the Old Testament the people were promised that a Deliverer would come.  He would be anointed (at least figuratively) to fill the positions of prophet, priest, and king. John Chapter 4 Jesus told the Samaritan woman that He was the Messiah. Many of Jesus’ followers expected him to do what they expected the Messiah to do – be their Deliverer; be their earthly King! 

Jesus’ words  in Matthew 16, “who do you say that I am” is as applicable today as it was when they were spoken to Peter.  Peter answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” 

Peter may have still had some questions, but I can almost hear the resignation in his voice as he submits to a new recognition of Jesus.  He was much more than a miracle worker, a leader who could again set the Jews free from the bondages of the Romans. 

I believe Peter submits in faith.  No matter what his eyes could see, here stood the Son of God.  When did Peter really realize that Jesus’ deliverance was to come as a spiritual deliverance not an earthly one? 

In my walk with Jesus, I have had more than one occasion to confirm that Jesus is my deliverer, whether I can immediately see the evidence or not!  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Peter is convinced, note his words in Acts 2:36  “God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

I went shopping today. And what did I see? On the magazine rack amid the Holiday cheers, recipes, and crossword puzzles, was a picture portrayal of Jesus on Life Magazine, still with the question, Who Do You Say That I Am?

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ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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1 Response to JESUS, THE MESSIAH

  1. capost2k says:

    Actually, He IS coming as an earthly deliverer as well, just not on the original disciples original timeline. His first visit was to provide spiritual deliverance. When He returns He will set up a final earthly kingdom for the last age of earth and rule with a rod of iron.
    Happy New Year, fellow pilgrim.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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