"Christ" - his Messianic role
This means “anointed one” and is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word rendered “Messiah”. For thousands of years, the Jewish people looked for a Messiah, as clearly foretold in Scripture.
To scan just a fraction of the prophecies concerning Messiah, he was to be:
Even the most skeptical scholar would have to confess that at the very least 200 years separated these writings and the time of Jesus (because the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, was written 200 years before Christ). Even if you don’t believe some of the prophecies (concerning supernatural workings, etc.), that still leaves many, many prophecies clearly fulfilled in the life of Jesus. Even if we just take 3 of the prophecies—being rejected by the Jews, having a large Gentile following, and being executed before the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.—there is only one man in history that fulfills them. Clearly, Jesus is Messiah.
“The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.” (John 4:25, 26)
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