Most of us by now should be familiar with the Greek translation of this word, which is “Christos” or “Christ” in English. Jesus Christ means Jesus the Christ -Messiah One anointed by the Holy Spirit.. as per Acts 10: 28 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Messiah -Messiah – Hebrew word signifying “one who has been anointed.” The kings of Israel were anointed with oil in the name of God, which symbolized his investiture with the Spirit of God. That the Messiah is supposed to be a king is a well-known fact by anyone who has studied the Bible in depth.
Even on the cross the inscription read, “The king of the Jews”(Mark 15:26). Mark 15:32: “Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross.”
John 1:40 & 49: “We have found the Messiah…Rabbi, you are the Son of God; the king of Israel.”
Luke 19:38: “Blessed is the king (Jesus) who comes in the name of the Lord (YHWH).
Other verses: Jeremiah 23:5, Daniel 7:13, Psalms 2:6, Zechariah 9:9, Acts 17:7, 2 Timothy 4:1. There are many more.
The Jews today (because they failed to recognize and accept Jesus as the Messiah) are still waiting for the Messiah to come.
Who First Recognized Jesus as Messiah? According to Luke 2:22–24, “[Joseph and Mary] brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’ [quoting Exodus 13:2, 12]) and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons’ [based on Leviticus 12:2–8].”
At the Temple, the family is approached by a man named Simeon, who has been told by the Holy Spirit that he will not die until he has seen the messiah. (The same Spirit told him to go to the Temple that day, too.) Simeon takes Jesus in his arms and praises God: “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:28–32). Having seen the messiah, Simeon is now prepared to die.
Anna then approaches the Holy Family. She, too, recognizes Jesus as messiah, but she has a very different reaction: “At that moment, she came and began to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38). She is 84 years old, according to Luke, and she does not want to die: She wants to proselytize. Like the disciples who will follow her, she is driven to bear witness to what she has seen. Mary was the first to have the good news announced to her, but Anna is the first woman to understand fully and proclaim the good news.
This is because in addition to being a proselytizer, Anna is a “prophetess” (Luke 2:36).
The Messiahship of Jesus is the foundation of Christianity. When Jesus was arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin, the high priest asked him: “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” (Mark 14:61). In Matthew, the question appears in the form of a request: “Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God” (Matthew 26:63). When asked whether he was the Messiah, Jesus answered: “I am” (Mark 16:62). “The truth is, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58 NLT)
When Jesus was brought before Pilate, Pilate asked him: “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus told Pilate: “Yes, it is as you say” (Mark 15:2). Another passage that indicates that Jesus was aware of his Messiahship is Matthew 16:13-20 (cf. Mark 8:27-30), a passage that contains Peter’s confession at Caesarea Philippi. When Jesus asked his disciples, “who do you say I am?” Peter answered: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
•“I am the light of the world” (John 8:12)
•“I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6)
•“I am the only way to the Father” (John 14:6)
•“I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25)
•“I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11)
•“I am the door” (John 10:9)
•“I am the living bread” (John 6:51)
•“I am the true vine” (John 15:1)
•“I am the Alpha and Omega” Rev.1:7,8)
The Old Testament, written over a 1,000 year period, contains over 300 references to the coming Messiah. All of these were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and they established a solid confirmation of His credentials as the Messiah; the Anointed One (King; Priest; Saint); Intercessor (to release or deliver; help; meet; seek; accompany). The chance of any one man fulfilling all of 48 prophecies is one in 10 to the 157 power. Jesus Christ fulfilled every prophecy written about the coming Messiah — over three hundred of them! Would that have been possible had He not been the Son of God? Jesus is the TRUE Messiah of Israel and of all mankind. http://www.israelsmessiah.com/prophecy/messiah/Y’SHUAH.htm
“I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him.” (Daniel 7:13, 14)
Jesus told his disciples that when he returns to earth, ”Then everyone will see the Son of man arrive on the clouds with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27). Jesus he is the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy?
It is important to begin by saying that for one who has already made up his or her mind that Jesus is not the Messiah, no amount of evidence will be convincing. But for those who are honest in asking, the evidence speaks for itself.
Jesus transforms people’s lives. Because he provides atonement for sin and reconciliation with God, Jesus brings peace, joy, and purpose into people’s lives. Apart from faith in him, there is no basis for true peace or direction, for as the psalmist says, “Man is estranged from the womb.” That this estrangement is healed by the reconciling ministry of Jesus is the common experience of those who believe in him.
Thus between the objective evidence of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and the subjective verification by many in their own lives– there’s ample evidence that Jesus was who he claimed to be!