Thursday, December 28, 2006

Savior and Messiah

In Mark 8:29 Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" The answer and response to that question decides a person’s eternity. Many will say that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher but not that He was God in the flesh. John 1:1, 14 says, "the Word was with God and the Word was God……And the Word became flesh." 1 Timothy 3:16 says, ""God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory." The Scripture have much to say of the identity of Jesus. Even the Hebrew and Greek definitions of His name reveal who He is. The name Jesus was a common name. Colossians 4:11 reveals that there was another man named Justice who was also known by the name Jesus. But the name itself as it is applied to the Christ or the Messiah means "Jehovah (Yahweh) saves."" It occurs "700 times in the Gospels, 100 times in the epistles and Revelation" (Francis Derk, the Names of Christ, p.26). It is the Greek equivalent of Jehua or Jehoshua. The title "Christ"" is christos in the Greek and is a form of the Hebrew Mashiah, which means, "anointed one" or Messiah. "It occurs 49 times in the Gospels, 235 times in the epistles and Revelation"" (Ibid., Derk). "Israel’s prophets, priests, and kings were anointed, and Jesus was anointed as all three. He was the anointed One, the Messiah, whom the Jews had long expected to come as their great deliverer and monarch" (John MacArthur, Matthew 1-7, pp.3-4).

So who do you say that Jesus is? He is the Savior who "will save His people from their sins" (Mat.1:21). He is the long awaited Messiah. He is the King!

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