“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. -Matthew 16:15-17
“Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” -Acts 2:36
We are very familiar with the title of Christ for Jesus and even the Messiah. Messiah means the “anointed One” or someone who has been set apart for a special mission. His mission is to bring the world back to God through the power of His love.
The Jews longed and waited for their Messiah to come. Prophecies declared that He would come to save them. The New Testament declares Jesus as the “anointed One” at least 530 times. Jesus wasn’t anointed with oil like David and the priests were, however, He was anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit when He was baptised. When Jesus was on the earth, the Jews wanted Him to be the King and overthrow the Roman authority. Jesus did not want to be thrown into this political trap so he avoided the title of Christ/Messiah until right before His death when the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Living God?” and Jesus answered “I Am.” Yes, He was indeed King and still is, however, His anointing was not to be an earthly King but as King of the eternal kingdom.
Peter recognised that Jesus was indeed the Messiah (Matthew 16). However, he wanted Jesus to be more- to be the Messiah he wanted. Peter didn’t want Jesus to die and told Jesus this should never be (after all He is the Messiah). Jesus knew He had to die to save humanity from sin and death but Peter wanted Jesus to take care of things then and there. Jesus doesn’t usually do quick fixes because He desires to see transformation in our lives from the inside out. We don’t always get what we want, but Jesus always blesses us with eternal blessings.
Jesus is the Anointed One, the Christ, the Messiah. He was anointed to bring our salvation. His kingdom is not of this earth, it is eternal. Praise the Messiah for coming to save you and me.
For further study:
Isaiah 52; Matthew 16:13-23; Acts 2:22-24, 32-38; 2 Corinthians 1:18-23; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22