C is for Christ –
Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that she was to name her child Jesus. Jesus comes from the name “Yeshua”, a Hebrew-Aramaic word, meaning “Yahweh [the Lord] is salvation”. The word Christ is a title and is derived from the Greek word “Christos”. In Hebrew, Christ means “the Anointed One” or “Messiah”.
I was looking through some of my dad’s study materials tonight and found the following, written by H.H. Halley in a book entitled, “Halley’s Bible Handbook”. The chapter was entitled, “Christ is the heart of the Bible”. I absolutely love how the chapter began… “The Old Testament is an account of a Nation. The New Testament is an account of a man. His appearance on earth is the central event of all history.” “The central event of all history.” One of the definitions of central is “of the greatest importance”. There really is no better way of defining Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection, than to say that it was the greatest thing that has ever happened! His coming to earth generated a new hope for all of mankind. A promise of new life.
One of the most famous references to Jesus being called Christ is found in Luke 2:11, when the angels proclaimed the arrival of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds that were tending their sheep on that first Christmas night. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” [NKJV]
There was no birth before, nor since, that is as well-known or more celebrated than our Messiah. Throughout history, many have tried wipe His name and his memory away, but He shall remain the only, the one and true Christ, for all of eternity.