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PERSON OF CHRIST QUESTION 25
Did Jesus ever claim to be the Messiah, or Saviour?
Before answering this question, I want to say that Jesus was many things that He never claimed to be. For example: He was born of a virgin, but He never said He was; He was the Seed of the woman, but He never said He was. The point is, He was more than He ever said He was. The Scriptures say far more about Him, than He said of Himself. There are teachers who say He never claimed to be the Son of God, but in the Scriptures many people said he was the Son of God, as He did Himself.
The word ‘Messias’ (Messiah) is mentioned only twice in the New Testament. In regard to Jesus claiming to be the Messiah, in the account of John Chapter 4 He talks with a woman; “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). The only other mention of the word is in John Chapter 1 where it says that Andrew, “ . . first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ” (John 1:41). The word ’Messiah’ is Hebrew in origin and is translated by the Greek word ‘Christ.’
The great confession of Christianity is found in Matthew Chapter 16. When Jesus asked His disciples who He was; “...Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 16:16-17).
Did He claim to be the Saviour? Listen to what He said: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10); Listen to what the angel said, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11); listen to what the apostles said; “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31). Surely He is the both Messiah and Saviour.
Dear reader, Is He your Saviour? have you repented and trusted Him? If not, He is not your Saviour.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated February 14th, 2014 by Sandra Felix