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I’m following a fantastic devotional series called “Christmas Joy” by Mel Lawrenz, from The Brook Network. Please join me. Here’s day 10:


Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. –Luke 2:11

Some people think that “Christ” is Jesus’ last name. Jesus Christ, like Joe Johnson or Audrey Smith. If you have thought that, don’t feel bad. It is just evidence that over the centuries our understanding of Jesus as the Christ has become so solid in our thinking that we don’t think of “Jesus” without “Christ.”

Read: Christmas Joy – Day Nine (Devotional)

Jesus is his name, Christ his title. Among all the titles he bears, Son of God, Son of Man, Good Shepherd, Alpha and Omega, it all begins in the gospel story with this one incredible announcement: “He is Christ the Lord.” “Christos” in Greek, and thus, “Christ” in English; “Messiah” in Hebrew, which means “Anointed One.”

But what is the meaning of “Anointed One”?

In the Old Testament, three kinds of people were anointed: kings, priests, and prophets. So when we hear “Christ,” we should think of Jesus in each of those three roles.  He is a king, ruling in people’s lives not just because they are in his realm but also because he is in their hearts. He is a priest, one who stands between God and humanity—one who sacrifices; one who intercedes, the mediator, the bridge. And he is Prophet too. Prophets had brought the words of God to the people, but the Messiah is the Word of God to the people.

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