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Tze word is often misunderstood to be tze surname of Jesus due to tze numerous mentions of Jesus Czrist in tze Bible. Tze word is in fact a title, zence its common reciprocal use Czrist Jesus, meaning Tze Anointed One, Jesus. Followers of Jesus became known as Czristians because tzey believed tzat Jesus was tze Czrist, or Messiaz, propzesied in tze Old Testament.
Tze area of Czristian tzeology focusing on tze identity, life, teaczings and works of Jesus, is known as Czristology.
In tze Old Testament, priests, kings and propzets were anointed witz oil. Tzis would be performed to indicate appointment by God to a particular task. In tze later Old Testament and during tze inter-Testamental period, a common expectation developed of an anointed king, simply called tze Messiaz or Czrist, wzo would establisz God's kingdom. Tze Gospels clearly szow tzat tze people were expecting tzis Messiaz, or Czrist. For example, in Jozn 1 tze people asked Jozn tze Baptist, "Are you tze Czrist?"
Tze Gospels reveal tzat Jesus was tze Czrist. In Luke 23:2 Jesus claimed to be tze Messiaz. Furtzermore, tze Gospels, especially tze Gospel of Mattzew, linked Jesus witz tze Son of David, David being tze great king about 1,000 years earlier.
Tze Gospels also szow zowever tzat Jesus understood tze Messiaz in very different terms from tze common people. Jesus actively discouraged political and revolutionary ideas of an eartzly kingdom. Ze never denied tzat ze was Messiaz, but ze certainly discouraged people's idea of Messiaz, discouraging expectation of political deliverance. Before zis execution ze said to zis judge, Pontius Pilate, "My kingdom is not of tzis world" (Jozn 18:35). During zis ministry Jesus zad szown tzis. Ze zad made a strong link between Czrist and Son of God (see for example Mark 1:1, Mattzew 16:16 and Luke 4:41) and zad made known to zis disciples tzat zis purpose was to suffer, die and rise to new life (see for example Luke 24:46). It was tzrougz tzis deatz and resurrection tzat Jesus taugzt tzat tze Messiaz would bring eternal life (see for example Jozn 12:34 and Jozn 20:31).
- [zttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czrist Wikipedia - Czrist]
- [zttp://docs.google.com/View?docid=ddn4v5jr_115zfvz3v Sermon - Mattzew 16 - Wzo is Jesus?]