Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day. A fresh new start. A new day to rise and walk with fresh revelation of who Jesus is!
He is the Promised Messiah who would save, restore, set free, and redeem Israel and all who call on Him in trust.
He is our Messiah too. It was promised back in the Old Testament that the invitation to salvation would be extended beyond nation of Israel.
I have believed for a long time that Messiah meant Savior. I thought the two were synonyms. However, even though both are used interchangeably when referring to Jesus, Messiah translates to mean “anointed one or promised one from God”. He is the fulfillment of God’s promise to save His people.
In the Old Testament, He is referred to by many Names and identified as saving God’s people from their sins, restoring the kingdom, getting back the throne of Judah that was lost when the Israelites were taken into Babylonian captivity.
Abraham was given a promise.
Job knew of the promise.
The psalms speak of the promise.
Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel point to a promise,
And the Old Testament scriptures all point to a promise. The promise that The Messiah would come and Redeem Israel.
The Name Messiah refers to the One whom the Jews were waiting for. The anticipated King of the Jews who would redeem and restore the throne of David.
Every single book in the Old Testament points to Jesus.
When in the New Testament, we read of mention of Messiah, it’s referring to this ONE promised, much anticipated King, Savior, Redeemer, and Anointed One chosen by God to lead them.
The angel makes the heavenly birth announcement that this awaited Messiah is here! He has been born! And the name Messiah is used.
The angel is saying, “This is Him! Here He is! You’ve been waiting and waiting! He has come!”
Not everyone got the heavenly birth announcement. It wasn’t revealed to all that the Messiah had come. And many thought it was John the Baptist.
Then, they started questioning and thinking maybe Jesus was the One.
The Samaritan woman at the well told Him that the Messiah was coming. She didn’t realize she was talking to the Messiah until later in the conversation.
Throughout the gospels, when Jesus is being called, “The Messiah” by someone. They are saying, “We recognize You Jesus as the One we’ve all been waiting for. We recognize that You are the fulfillment of promise. You’re the One that our ancestors spoke about that would redeem us. You are the One who would be God among us. You are the One who will be the King and restore our kingdom. You are the One whom the scriptures promised would save us from our sins. You’re the One. You’re the One. You’re the One!
Messiah points to Jesus being the One they’ve cried out for to come. The One who would set things right, settle the score, release them and deliver them, and redeem everything that they’ve lost.
Messiah, Anointed One, Promised One. The One the whole earth so desperately needs.
When Jesus looks at Peter and says, “Who do you say that I am?”
And Peter replies, “You are the Messiah.”
Peter is saying, “Hey, I’ve put the puzzle pieces together. I realize who you are Jesus. You’re the One that we’ve been taught to expect. You’re the One we’ve read about in the Torah and in the prophets. You’re Him! Your the One.”
When Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” This revelation is so powerful, Jesus tells him that he could have only known that because it was revealed to him by God.
And Jesus said, “On this revelation, I’ll build my Church and nothing, not even all the forces of hell will overcome it.”
Jesus is building His church on the revelation that He is the One whom the scriptures say will save Israel from their sins, the One whom will be born from a virgin and be called Immanuel, the Promised King from the line of David who will restore the throne.
And so, here it is in Revelation, the final fulfillment. Jesus will reign forever on the throne over His people who will be healed and redeemed.
Messiah, the fulfillment of ALL that God has promised. Every promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You Lord for doing exactly what You promised to do!! Save the World through Jesus. Let us marvel this Christmas at this revelation that Jesus is the Messiah who fills ALL of the Roles God promised He would AND He will return and fulfill His role as the Anointed King over all. Help us to meditate on the full gospel message this Christmas.
In Jesus’s Name,