• Chrissie Angell

25 Names of Christ Celebration - Day 5

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

"But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 20:31

John 20:31 boldly declares that "Jesus is the Christ." Why is that a bold statement? To understand why we have to do a little digging into what the name "Christ" means because I think, in our modern language, it's lost some of its true meaning and power.

The original Greek word used for Christ in John 20:31 is Χριστός or Christós, which means “anointed.”[1] At first glance, that might not seem all that powerful. After all, the Bible records that God anointed many humans for His service, specifically priests and kings. (Exodus 28:41, 1 Samuel 10:1, 1 Samuel 16:13)

So why is Χριστός, Christ, so bold, so crucial in this context? The verse says that "Jesus is the Christ" or Jesus is the Anointed. [Emphasis mine.]

Previously God had anointed men to do His work on earth for a finite amount of time. But the birth of Jesus announced that while men may be called or anointed for service, there is only one who is the Anointed.

God commissioned men to serve as earthly priests and kings. Here we learn that God sent Christ, the Anointed One, to serve as the High Priest and King over all humanity for all eternity!

"Jesus is the Christ!" That is a bold statement!

Today we invite you to reflect on Christ, the Anointed One, our High Priest and King. What do you think of when you hear the term "priest"? How do you imagine you would behave in the presence of the Pope? What do you think of when you hear the term "king"? How would you conduct yourself around the Queen of England? If Jesus is our ultimate High Priest and King, what posture should we have before Him? With that in mind, is there anything you need to change to reflect being in the presence of Christ?

We may never meet the Pope or the Queen of England, and I for one am okay with that! But one day we will all stand before Christ Jesus. The understanding that Christ Jesus is the High Priest and King over all humankind gives me so much peace. This earth, with its human leaders and rulers, is flawed and fleeting. But my hope isn't placed in men. My hope is in Christ. Where do you place your hope today?

[1] W. E Vine, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1997), 182.

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