December 18, 2022 • The Office of “Christ”

This Advent season, we have been working with the idea of Jesus as the “Christ.” The word “Christ” is a title for Jesus; it teaches us that He is the long promised Savior of the Old Testament times. He is the Son of God who has come into the world to do the work of salvation for us!

In our Christmas carols, we frequently refer to Jesus as the Christ.

The idea of the “Christ” is crucial to understanding who Jesus is and the significance of the Christmas story. St. John writes that a denial of Jesus as the “Christ” is a dark, satanic lie1. Today we want to take one more look at what the title “Christ” means; how it describes Jesus, and how it impacts us!

Think about the title Christ as an “office, or a position.” In Jesus, three Old Testament offices come together in One Person. Jesus, the Son of God, born in Bethlehem, holds the offices of Prophet, Priest, and King. In the Old Testament times these were three different offices held by a variety of men over the centuries; but now, with Jesus, He holds all three offices as the Christ, the Messiah.

Because Jesus is the Christ, our Prophet, Priest, and King, you can be assured that your sins are forgiven, that you have been rescued from death and the grave, and that you are set free from the power of the devil. Jesus, the Christ, is your savior! He has done everything needed, 100%, for your salvation.

As the Christmas hymns proclaim:
This, this is Christ the King! WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
Christ, by highest heaven adored HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Christ, the everlasting Lord HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL

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