Christ #2 – Christ, Not a Last Name
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader
In our society, names and titles hold a lot of importance. If you see someone with the title Dr. in their name, you know that they have gone through years and years of grueling training to earn that title. I am sure that you are more likely to trust someone with your medical care knowing that they hold the label Doctor compared to if they did not. If you meet a woman that has the title Mrs. or Miss. you know if she is married or not. When a couple gets married, traditionally the woman will take the man’s last name. That change in the last name shows that a new life has officially begun together. If we have an issue with a company we will ask to speak to a manager; we know that the title of “manager” (hopefully) gives that person the power to fix our problem. In our work lives, someone may hold the title of “boss” over us that seriously affects the way we interact with that person. All of these examples show how significant titles are in our society. Titles were as important back in Bible times. Throughout Scripture, we see Jesus hold many different titles. One of the most common titles we see given to Jesus is “Christ.”
Matthew 1:16 says, “And Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.”
Matthew 16:15-16 continues, “He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”
John 4:25-26 adds, “The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am he.’”
Christ is not Jesus’ last name, but it is a title that describes who He is. Christ is a title that means anointed or messiah. When He is referred to as Jesus Christ, it is the same as calling him Jesus the Messiah or Jesus the Anointed One. With the title of Christ, the Jews knew that He was claiming to be the promised Messiah that had been prophesied about in the Old Testament. Jesus is the Christ, He is the King, and He should be the King in our lives as well.
When we give our lives to Him, He needs to be Lord over every inch of our lives. We cannot hold anything back. It is so easy to go through life and try to keep parts of your life for yourself. I have found myself doing this, and yet I still wonder why life is so hard sometimes! It is because I am not making Him Lord over everything. As we remember, what Jesus Christ did for us on that cross, my challenge is that you start letting Him be Lord over everything in your life. I promise if you do this each and every day, your life will never be the same.