Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Advent Words 2022 ~ Word 13: Messiah


Word 13: Messiah


As the Advent season draws to a close, we now turn our focus for the final words to the main character of the Christmas story: Jesus.

Throughout the story we have seen many of our characters waiting and watching for the promised Messiah. Through the prophets God promised to send a king, one who would be anointed by God to deliver his people. Over time the Hebrew people began to anticipate that this Messiah would be a king who would bring military and political domination that would free them from bondage and rule by foreign nations.

The word Messiah comes from the Hebrew word for anointed one ‘mashiach. To anoint someone is to set them apart for special service for God, and through that anointing of the Lord that person receives empowerment for that service. Thus, Isaiah says, "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on" the Messiah. Here is Isaiah’s description of who the Messiah will be and what he will do: 

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn.” 
Isaiah 61:1-2

In Luke chapter 4:14-21, we see Jesus stand in the temple and read this same passage from Isaiah 61, announcing that he is the One of whom these words are spoken.

“Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:21

God anointed Jesus as the Christ, which is Greek for ‘the anointed one’. He is Christ,the Messiah. Jesus, as the Messiah, fulfilled Israel’s anticipation of an anointed One who would deliver them. Jesus would spend his ministry giving the disciples the true understanding of the Messiah’s rule, not a king who would deliver them from foreign rule, but a king who delivers us from our sins.


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