And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”
“We have found the Messiah (that is, the Christ).”
Probably the best-known title for Jesus is The Christ, although for many people, they make the mistake of thinking that this is his surname, since many of the writers of the New Testament refer to Jesus as “Jesus Christ”. The Christ is the English word for the Greek “christos”. It originally meant “anointed with oil”, which picks up on the Jewish practice of anointing with oil those who are installed into a special office, particularly that of Kings and Priests. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for Christ is ‘masiah’ which is translated as “Messiah” in English.
Rather than being a surname, The Christ is a title – like Prime Minister or King, only far more prestigious. In the Old Testament, the Christ (Messiah) is God’s chosen leader of humanity; the one who would speak and act on God’s behalf and at the end of all history decide the verdict of every one of us. So Jesus is not only the rescuer (which we will see later on), but also the ‘ruler’.
We see this throughout his life. In the pages of the Gospels, we see Jesus display his rule over sickness, over nature, and over death itself. In fact, he himself was raised to life to prove that he is God’s chosen ruler over all things.
And so, as we start these Advent Devotions it is worth asking ourselves: If Jesus is God’s chosen ruler, does he rule over my life? Do I acknowledge Jesus as the rightful ruler over my life and seek to live for him?