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The Anointed One

Messiah is the transliteration of the Old Testament Hebrew word pronounced maw-shakh, meaning Anointed One, which when translated into the New Testament Greek is Christos. Since the first century AD, Christ has been used as the name of the man known during His own human lifetime as Jesus of Nazareth (Nazareth is shown in the photograph) - and rightly so, for He was indeed The Christ, The Messiah.

Nazareth "We have found the Messiah"

It was John The Baptist who announced that the Messiah had arrived:

"And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on Him. I myself did not know Him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on Whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."

"The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"

"The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek?" And they said to him, "Rabbi," which means Teacher, "where are you staying?"

"He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour."

"One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (John 1:32-41 RSV)

"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth"

Jesus Christ is the anointed one; He is the The Way, the only Way, to salvation:

"And Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him. You know the word which He sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ, He is Lord of all, the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him."

"And we are witnesses to all that He did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree [see Stauros]; but God raised Him on the third day and made Him manifest; not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that He is the one ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His Name." (Acts 10:34-43 RSV)

Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ plainly identify Himself as the Anointed One that the Old Testament prophets said would come?
Luke 4:16-21
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This Week's Bible Quiz

What's the missing word from these statements made by Jesus Christ? (Revised Standard Version)

1. "Man shall not live by _______ alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

2. "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to _______ them." (Matthew 5:17)

3. "And He said, "Truly, I say to you, no _______ is acceptable in his own country." (Luke 4:24)

4. "unless you _______ you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:5)

5. "why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your _______?" (Matthew 15:3)

6. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first _______." (Matthew 22:37-38)

7. "You shall _______ your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:39)

8. "For as the _______ comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man." (Matthew 24:27)

9. "and He will send out His _______ with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Matthew 24:31)

10. "As were the days of _______, so will be the coming of the Son of man." (Matthew 24:37)

For the answers to this December 25 2001 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page

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