WAS THE FIRST
common assumption among people is that Christ was the last name of Jesus.
There is good reason for this assumption, since he was called Jesus
Christ in the New Testament itself. The
more accurate phrase, however, is Jesus the Christ, because Christ is a title
and not a name.
name Jesus is a succession of transliterations (i.e., simply converting the
letters of one language into the equivalent letters of another language):
English from Latin from Greek from Hebrew (see Matthew 1:21 and Luke 1:31 for
on the other hand, is a transliteration of the Greek word christos into English.
The Greek word christos, a form of the Greek verb chrio that means
"to pour," is a translation of the Hebrew word mashiach, from which we
get the word "Messiah." Both
words, Christ and Messiah, mean "anointed" (i.e., the anointing oil
was poured onto their heads).
Jesus the Christ means Jesus the Anointed.
In the history of the Hebrew people (Jesus was a Jew), those who were
anointed included priests and kings. This
raises some questions: Why was Jesus anointed?
When was he anointed? Who
anointed him? Who else was anointed in the history of the Hebrew people?
Who did the anointing? How
was anointing done? For a
description of the origin of the process, read Chapters 28 and 29 of Exodus.
this brings us to the question of this article, "Who was the first Christ
of the Bible?" The first
Christ of the Bible was Aaron, the brother of Moses, who was anointed as a
priest (Exodus 29:7). Another
Christ (a priest) appears in Leviticus 4:5.
The first king to be anointed was Saul (I Samuel 9:16).
Thus, Aaron the Christ was the first priest to be so anointed, and Saul
the Christ was the first king to be so anointed.
the most interesting of the Christs is the one mentioned in Isaiah 45:1.
This was Cyrus the Christ, King of the Persians!
Interesting. Check it out.
Jim Myers & Ike Tennison
BIBLICAL INSIGHTS by email - SUBSCRIBE
Biblical Heritage Center is a non-profit corporation supported by tax-deductible
contributions. If you would like to
contribute please send your contribution to the Biblical Heritage Center - P. O.
Box 173547 - Arlington, TX 76003-3547 - USA
Thank you for visiting