In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of the name(s), a brief explanation of the character of God emphasized by the name(s), and a reflection question to help you dig deeper into the text.
Mashiach (Hebrew), Christos (Greek)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 2:1-3, Isaiah 61:1-11, Matthew 16:13-20, Luke 24:18-27, John 10:24-25, John 11:25-27
The Hebrew word mashiach, or “messiah,” was used to refer to the promised savior of God’s people. The word mashiach was translated into the Greek as christos, which is translated into English as “Christ.” “Messiah” and “Christ” are two titles that describe Jesus as the anointed, or chosen, one of Israel.
The word mashiach was used to describe someone who was anointed for a particular calling. In Scripture, people called to serve as prophets, priests, and kings were anointed with oil to ceremonially set them apart for their particular work. Jesus perfectly fulfilled all three of these roles for His people through His life, death, and resurrection. He is the chosen and anointed one who perfectly fulfilled His calling as the savior of God’s people.
God’s chosen and anointed one
What does this name teach me about God?