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Communion Meditation (16) – You Are the Christ!

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:16

Bread and WineWhat does it mean that Jesus is the Christ?

The Greek word Christos is the equivelent to the Hebrew word Meshuah or Messiah. Both of them literally mean anointed. Christ is not Jesus’ last name; it is a title.

The Old Testament prophecied of the coming of the Lord’s Anointed who would fill three vital offices: The King, the Prophet, and the Priest.

As King, Jesus is at the right hand of God ruling the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of peace. As Prince of Peace He makes peace between us and God – as well as peace among men.

As Prophet, Jesus speaks to us on behalf of God. He received the Word of God from the Father, and gives it to us as God’s final and ultimate Revelation of Himself to us. He speaks to us by what He does as well as by what He says.

As Priest, Jesus offers the sacrifice for our sins, the perfect Lamb of God without spot or blemish. The only perfect gift for the altar is Himself. No animal and no other human sacrifice would suffice. It had to be Jesus Himself.

In our world today, we are not truly familiar with either of these three offices. We know kings mostly from history. To us prophets are really weird, mysterious figures. Our idea of a priest comes from the movies and the Catholic Church.

So does this mean Jesus is remote from us? No, for He is as near us as we will let Him be. Think of those three offices in different words: Ruler, Teacher, and Savior. Do these bring Him closer to my heart?

Can I confess Him as Peter did? I must remember that Peter confessed – but did not really understand. He had no idea of all that would be involved in Jesus filling the office of Christ.

How much do I understand? If I love Him with all my heart, is that enough, even if my understanding is sometimes weak?

– My Metamorphosis

– Clean or Unclean?


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