Who is Jesus Christ?

It seems every year around this time some publication writes a story along the line of “Who is Jesus Christ?” Its not a new question. In fact, it is one that Jesus asked His disciples in Mark 16:15: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answers correctly: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
What did Peter mean when he referred to Jesus as the Christ? “Christ” is a transliteration of the Greek word that is the equivalent to the Hebrew word “Messiah.” “Messiah” and “Christ” mean exactly the same thing. “One who has been anointed.” I don’t know if Peter appreciated the full meaning of the word but when applied to Jesus it is an amazing picture of who He is.
There were three anointed offices in the Old Testament: That of prophet, priest, and king. By being anointed they were set apart by God for a specific purpose. A prophet, a priest, and a king are essential needs for man. We need a prophet to reveal God and bring God’s revelation to man. We need a priest to reconcile us to God. We need a king to lead us and to conquer our enemies.
What man needed, God in His wondrous and amazing grace provided in the Person of His own dear Son. Jesus is the ultimate and ideal Messiah as He brings together in His single person all the duties and responsibilities of each of these three distinct offices.
Who is Jesus Christ? He is Prophet. He is Priest. He is King. In fact He is the ideal and ultimate Prophet, Priest, and King. Jesus is the Word revealed. As Prophet He has come to reveal God to man. Jesus is our sympathetic Priest. Through Jesus we have been reconciled to God. Jesus is the conquering King. Through Jesus our enemies are defeated and we will reign with Him.

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