Day 5 — Jesus: The Christ
21 Days of Jesus, A Devotional
by Pastor Juston Warthen
“The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”” — John 4:25 (NKJV)
Is Christ Jesus’ last name?
History tells us His story. The question of Jesus’ existence is long settled. However, His identity as the Christ, a word meaning Anointed One is hotly contested in some circles.
The Old Testament features a number of prophetic declarations that testify about a life that is plainly exhibited by Jesus, son of Joseph and Mary. Here are a few examples. Long before crucifixion became a practice by the Roman Empire, King David stated that the Messiah would suffer His hands and feet being driven through with nails. (Psalm 22:16). Likewise, 700 years before the birth of Jesus, in Isaiah 7:14, the prophet Isaiah declared that God would give us a sign: a virgin would conceive and bear a Son. For an interesting investigation on the evidence of Jesus’ life, check out the book entitled “A Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel.
There’s something in the Old Testament that absolutely amazes me:
God the Father always revealed an element of His character by using a different name.
For the ancient Hebrews, a name was important: it described the person. You see, a name was not just an identifier, but a prophetic declaration of someone’s identity. It’s why God changed the name of certain people, or gave them new names — a nickname if you will. For example, Jacob (supplanter) became Israel (Prince with God) (Genesis 32:28), while Solomon (Peace) was called Jedidiah (beloved). (2 Samuel 12:24–25)
At different times God revealed Himself as Jireh (Provider), Nissi (Banner) and even Shalom (Peace).
Like the Father, Jesus, in the Old Testament, is given several names. Let’s take a look at some of them: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. All these names are included in just one verse of the Bible, Isaiah 9:6! There’s another in Isaiah 7:14, Immanuel, which means God is with us.
The name by which Jesus is best known is Christ. (John 4:25). He’s so often called Christ that many people have mistakenly believed it to be His last name. Christ is a Greek word that means The Anointed One. The Hebrew version of this phrase is Messiah. More than titles, these names describe and sum up every name ever assigned to Jesus. By using these names, we are declaring that Jesus is the vessel whom God has chosen and divinely empowered to serve His purpose of redeeming mankind.
In the old testament, there were three offices that were anointed to serve God. They were the prophet, priest and king. As Christ, Jesus holds all three offices. Moses and King David were the only two people who occupied this 3-fold office in Ancient Days. God used their lives to typify the Christ that was to come into the world (Deuteronomy 18:18; Matthew 24:25). What separates Jesus from all people that have ever lived is that He possessed the Spirit of God (anointing) without measure (John 3:31–34). Even great men of God like Moses and king David were only anointed with a measure of the spirit of God’s power. No different than any man or woman used by God today.
Understanding the anointing that God places on his servants is crucial to experiencing the release that God has for His people.
It was the anointing on Jesus’ life that empowered Him to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. It was the anointing that changed the conditions of peoples hearts when He spoke. It was the anointing that drew people to Him.
The power that rests on Christ is available to you if you’ll come to Him. In fact, for believers, the bible states that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you (Romans 8:11). Decide to experience the grace and goodness of God’s power by seeking to know Him intimately. Ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ, The Anointed One!(Philippians 3:10)
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him… — Ephesians 1:16–17 (NKJV)