Is "Christ" Jesus' Last Name?
This time of year is full of hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas. Christmas is not just a day, it is an entire season. The words Merry Christmas are stilled used in many circles around the world and the excitement of Christmas day is epic. What does it all really mean? Christmas can be the most exciting time of the year for some, for others it is the most depressing time of year. So, I ask you again. “What is it really all about?” Christmas should be the most exciting time of the year, but not because of all the lights and decorations, gifts and parties. It should generate a holy excitement as to the complete and total realization of the true meaning of Christmas. We say the word Christmas or Christian, many times, without stopping to think about what we are really saying. When talking about the Bible or about the faith of Christians we often refer to Jesus Christ as the center of our faith. So why is Jesus Christ so important? The first thing to remember when learning about Jesus Christ is to understand that “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name. Christ is who Jesus is. In the days of Jesus’ birth, the name Jesus was a common name for the day. As common as the names John or Steve are today. What separated Jesus from the ordinary child was that when Jesus was born, He was born as the Christ. The word Christ is what changes the ordinary to the extraordinary. Christ means, “The anointed One”. Specifically anointed by God Himself. It means that God, the created of all things, set apart, anointed and appointed Jesus as the holy and pure son of God, free from all imperfection and having no sin what so ever. Jesus was of God Himself come to earth in a body of flesh. Jesus was God in His anointing. Jesus was the Christ sent to earth to absorb or take on the mistakes of sinful man, so that man might not die, but live. Jesus came as the Christ child, grew up here on earth and went to his own death as a sacrifice for our sins, then sent His Spirit to live in us to save us, protect us, guide us and love us, we have the right to call ourselves Christian. Christ-ian means that God and His anointing lives in us. The Christ that lives in us takes the ordinary and transforms us to the extraordinary. God and all of His glory has chosen to make His temple in your heart. That means that because God win’s, you win. Because God is love, you are love; because God has protection you are protected; because God fears nothing you have the ability to fear nothing. All you need to do is get familiar with the Christ who lives inside of you and you will live in all the glory God has for you. Equipped with this information, you now can conclude that Christ-mas is not just a time to give and receive presents, go to parties, put up lights and spend a lot of money. Christ-mas is the time of the year to stop and truly reflect on who Christ is and what He has done for the world. Christ-mas is a time to celebrate Jesus and Thank God for sending us Jesus the Christ, who takes away the sins of the world. Remember, when you receive Jesus the Christ as your savior, you are transformed from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Personal affirmation: Today I am a new creature in Christ. The old has passed away and I recieve all of the New Christ has in story for me.