The literal translation of the word Messiah is Anointed One. In Old Testament times, prophets and priests were anointed by oil when they were chosen for their positions. The anointing was a sign that God had chosen them and had blessed them for the work He had given them to do.
When Andrew, a disciple of John the Baptist, first met Jesus, the first thing he did was to find his brother to tell him about Jesus.
The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, We have found the Messiah. ~ John 1:41
When Jesus was born to live with us and be our Savior, the Jewish people were looking for a Messiah. They had read the Old Testament prophecies, such as Isaiah 42:1. These prophecies promised that God would send a deliverer to save His people.
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all declare that Jesus is the promised Messiah. They saw His miracles, heard his teachings and believed. They walked with Him daily and knew that Jesus was God’s chosen one. The Gospel of John ends by saying, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ [the Messiah], the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” -John 20:30, 31.
Today, Jesus is still the Messiah—God’s chosen, anointed One. He came to deliver us from our sin and from Satan. He promises us salvation if we accept Him as the ruler of our lives.
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