In the Old Testament, Messiah means “anointed one” and “anointed” means one set apart for a special mission. The New Testament name used for Messiah is Christ.
Jesus is the promised Messiah, God’s Anointed One, who came to deliver His people from sin and death. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day weren’t expecting a humble, suffering, servant Messiah. They wanted a Messiah who would do their bidding and fix their political and economic hardships. However “Jesus wasn’t interested in merely alleviating human suffering.” (Spangler, p. 124)*
His mission, as Messiah, “was to put an end to our deepest troubles – to rebellion, sin and death.” (Spangler, p. 119)*
*Praying the Names of Jesus by Ann Spangler
- Week 1 – John 1:35-41
- Week 2 – Acts 2:22-38
- Week 3 – Matthew 16:13-23
- Week 4 – 1 Corinthians 15:20-26