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Christ, Messiah

Anchor Devotional - 06.08.16


'But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Matthew 16:15-16

Jesus. Christ. Or Jesus Christ. These are the three main ways we speak of the second person of the Trinity, and we often use these names interchangeably.

When we say “Jesus Christ,” we may think of it as our Savior’s first and last names, but that’s not the way these words were intended to be used. If we back up for a moment, we begin to see that though Christ and Jesus refer to the same divine person, the words themselves carry unique meanings. Jesus (which is the same as “Joshua” in Hebrew) means “God saves.” Jesus is our Savior. Christ, or Christos, is the Greek word for the Hebrew Mashiach, which refers to the promised One who would come to deliver God’s people. Side by side, we can see that this divine title makes up a grand picture of our Savior and promised King; His name tells us what He came to do.

The reality is, when we say these words, we acknowledge the divine title of the Son of God: Jesus, the Christ, the true Messiah. He is Jesus, the promised One of Israel. Praise Him, for He is Jesus, our Deliverer and King.

Scripture Focus

John 11:17-27

Insight

The prophets spoke of a day when the Messiah would come. His name is Jesus, the Christ, and He’s coming again soon.

Read the Bible

  • 1 Kings 17-18
  • Proverbs 8
  • Hebrews 11