The Testament Of Jesus Christ Essay

717 Words Nov 16th, 2014 3 Pages
Although he is referred to as Jesus Christ, Christ was not Jesus’ last name! In ancient Israel most people only had one name. There was no last name or surname. Jesus would have been known as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus the Nazarene or Jesus the Galilean. Christ was a title given to Jesus meaning the anointed one. This is the important difference that we have between names and titles. Titles distinguish a person and designate their specific roles or responsibilities. In the Gospels the titles attributed to Jesus distinguish him and designate his specific roles for us. The titles vary greatly in origin and meaning but all carry great weight and have profound meaning for the communities to which the Gospel was addressed and to us as we study Christology.
Jesus as the Messiah or Christ
The title of Messiah or Christ both have the meaning of “anointed one”. The Old Testament reffered to kings as being the anointed ones thus setting up the Jews to expect the Messiah to be a of royal lineage and perhaps a great king. In the New Testament, the title refers only to Jesus, fairly often in the Gospels (7 Mk; 16 Mt; 12 Lk; 19 Jn) and very frequently in Paul 's letters (382 times). Paul uses "Christ Jesus," "Jesus Christ," or even "Christ" alone, as if it were a proper name. In Luke 4:18, Jesus quotes the scripture: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor..." We are shown that Jesus has the royal lineage looked for but Jesus is not…

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