December 8, 2010

Christ Centered Christmas

Today for my studies, I read about the different names that Christ has in the Bible Dictionary.  He is known by so many different names and they all have a specific meaning and purpose.  Jesus was a pretty common name back then* and meant 'God is Help' or 'Savior.'  Christ means the 'Annointed' in Greek and Aramaic as well as the 'Messiah' in Hebrew.  Some of the more used names include: Immanuel, Messiah, and the Anointed One.

Immanuel means 'God with Us' and is a sign of God's deliverance.  It signifies that Christ as God will be born into mortality of a virgin and will be among the people to save and redeem them.

Messiah means the anointed and is used as the title of an office, it denotes the King and Deliverer whose coming the Jews were eagerly expecting.  Many Jews, as we learn from the Gospels, were looking only for a deliverer from the Roman power and for greater national prosperity; so when the Messiah came, the nation as a whole rejected him.

Jesus is spoken of as the Christ and the Messiah, which means he is the one anointed of the Father to be his personal representative in all things pertaining to the salvation of mankind.

There are many, many more and they all have a purpose as I said before.  My favorite reference to his different names is found in Isaiah 9:6 which says: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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