Word of the Day: Christos

Meaning: Christ or Messiah

Greek: Χριστός

Pronounced: khris-tos’

Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.

Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?

Look up the following references where this word is used. What do you learn about the word Christos?

Matthew 1:1

Matthew 23:10

John 1:20

1 John 2:22

1 John 5:1

Revelation 11:15

Revelation 12:10

Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)? 

Growing up, I though “Christ” was Jesus’ last name. I knew you could call Him “Jesus” or “Jesus Christ,” but you rarely called Him simply “Christ.” Even once I learned that Christ was a designation of His divinity (probably around high school), I still didn’t realize the depth of the meaning of the word Christ. 

Christos is the Greek word for Messiah, or Anointed One. It’s the New Testament word that indicates that Jesus is precisely the Messiah that God promised to send. When the Israelites wondered when the Messiah would come, they only needed to look to the One: Jesus the Cristos. Whenever we see “Jesus Christ” in the biblical text our minds can leap with joy – Jesus is exactly the Savior – the One God anointed to bear our sin perfectly and permanently – God promised would come. And He did!

Why is understanding Jesus as the Christ so important in the meta-narrative of Scripture?

How does this move the story forward?

Pray & Reflect: Praise God for sending the Word of God to be flesh among us. Thank Him for the Savior who came to bring you and me back into right relationship with Him.

Author: amygannett

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