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   Many people think Christ is one of Jesus' names, (Jesus Christ).  Others think it is a cuss word, (Oh Christ).  It is neither.

Christ = Messiah = Anointed King

   Christ is the Greek word for Messiah.  Christ and Messiah are the same thing.  Christ is Greek.  Messiah is Hebrew.  They both literally mean anointed one or anointed king.
   Though many passages in the Old Testament mention and describe the Anointed King, most of those passages do not call him Messiah.  Back then the word was used differently.  It was used of people who were anointed (kings, priests, prophets).
   Things changed by the time that the New Testament was written.  By then messiah and christ were used exclusively of the Anointed King and not of anointed people.
   Christ first of all refers to the promised Anointed King, and only indirectly refers to Jesus, since Jesus is the promised Anointed King.  When Christ is used in the New Testament, don't automatically think of Jesus.  Think of God's Anointed King.
   The Anointed King concept started when God promised King David that his descendant would build a house for God and God would establish His throne forever (2 Samuel 7:13).  From that time on people looked for the kings in David's royal linage to accomplish these things.  That did not happen.  After almost twenty generations of Davidic kings, the Babylonians conquered Israel, ended the reign of the Davidic kings, moved Israel's leaders to Babylon, and took over Israel.  Even after this the Jews still looked for the King, the Messiah, to come and rescue them.

The King Came

   The Old Testament foretold that the Anointed King would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:4-6), be a descendant of king David (2 Samuel 7:13), and live during the time when Jesus lived (Daniel 9:24-27).  Jesus met these prophecies.  No one else did.
   Simeon, an elderly man living during the time of Jesus' birth had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Anointed King (Luke 2:26).  He met the baby, Jesus, at the temple and recognized him as the Anointed King (Luke 2:27-35).  When Jesus was an adult, His students considered him to be the Anointed King (Mark 8:29; John 1:41-42).  He told people that he was the Anointed King (Mark 14:60-62; John 4:25-26).  The demons he cast out knew that he was the Anointed King (Luke 4:41).  Even those who killed him were aware that he could be the Anointed King (Luke 23:2).
   The gospel of the Christ (Mark 1:1; Romans 1:1, 16; 15:9, 29; 1 Corinthians 9:12, 18, 2 Corinthians 2:12; 4:4; 9:13; 10:14; Galatians 1:7; Philippians 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 3:2) is the good news that the promised Anointed King has finally come.  For hundreds of years the Jews waited for Him to come.  He came.  This is good news.  This is the gospel.

The Conquering King Had No Throne

   The Anointed King was supposed to conquer the enemies of the Jews and free the Jews (Isaiah 41:27-42:1; 52:7-10; 61:1-9, Nahum 1:15).  But this conquering king came incognito.  He did not wear the clothes of a king.  He told very few that he was a king.  He did not gather an army and mow down the enemy with swords and spears.  Instead He allowed his enemies to win.
   The followers of Christ also are to follow this example and allow their enemies to win over them (This is the underlying theme of 1 Peter - 1 Peter 2:20-23; 4:1).
   It seemed that He did not conquer but conquer He did.  Any king can conquer with blazing swords.  Jesus conquered God's way through peace (Romans 16:20).  He is still conquering today, incognito.  He does not conquer as we think He should.  He conquers God's way.  Someday He will come as a conquering king with an army that He has gathered in times of peace.  Someday we will see just how effective His invisible and peaceful workings were.

Not Just for the Jews Anymore

   Though he was a peaceful person and did nothing wrong, the Jewish leadership falsely accused God's Anointed of crimes against God and executed Him on a cross.  They rejected and killed their Rescuer.  He told them He had come to rescue them (Luke 9:56; 19:10; John 3:17; 5:34; 10:9; 12:47) but they did not trust Him.
   Now the Anointed King has turned to anyone who will trust Him.  His death has become a sacrifice for all sin (Hebrews 10:12).  He is no longer limited to the Jews (Galatians 3:13-14).  Whoever trusts in Him will be rescued (John 3:15).

The King is Alive

   The Anointed King came back to life after His death.  He is alive right now.  He is alive for a reason, to help us (Hebrews 7:25).  It is not a fairy tale.  It is true.  It is real.  The Anointed King is in the spiritual realm helping those who turn to Him.
   Most people ignore Him and go about doing what they want to do.  Those who ignore Him, do so to their own detriment.

Things are Different Now

   Just as a conquering king destroys the government and law of the country he invades and sets up his own law and government, so the Anointed King has also done away with the law and set up His own reign.  Those who insist on keeping the law, on avoiding a list of sins, or on living by certain do's and dont's, have made the Anointed King useless to them (Galatians 5:4).
   The Anointed King has come so that, just as He did with His disciples, He can guide you along the right path as you trust Him.

A New Life with the King

   If you want to be a real Christian, you must first trust the invisible Anointed King.  You must believe that the things the Bible says about Him are true and trust Him to take care of you.  "You see, you are all sons of God through the trust in the Anointed King Jesus." (Galatians 3:26 - breakthroughversion.com)
   Then you must stay in Him and let Him stay in you (John 15:4).  You will not see Him in you.  He is a spirit.  He is invisible.  You may not even feel Him in you.  You must trust that He is there (Eph 3:17).  The Anointed King in you is the anticipation of the magnificence (Colossians 1:27 BV).  
   How does this work?  If you trust the Anointed King, He is in you.  He is ready to do good through you.  When you do what He would do, you mirror His image.  It is as if His image is projected into mid-air.  What would Jesus do in this situation?  That is where His image is.  Get in that image and go with it.
   "The person saying to be staying in Him is obligated, just as that One Himself also traipsed around, so to be traipsing around." ( 1 John 2:6 - breakthroughversion.com )
   When you do what you want and not what He wants, you leave His image behind.  You stop remaining in Him.  If you follow your own rules, you stop remaining in Him.  If you follow tradition or other's rules, you stop remaining in Him.
   "The LORD is with you, while you be with Him; and if you look for Him, He will be found of you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you" (2 Chronicles 15:2).

The Image of Christ Revealed

   How do you know where His image is?  First of all read about Him and His words in the Bible and obey Him (John 15:7, 10).  Then listen to and follow what the Spirit says (Romans 8:1, 4).  Since the Anointed King is not visible today, He uses the Spirit to work individually with His followers.  To listen to the Spirit, you must take time out for God, humble yourself before Him, bow down to Him, talk with Him, read His words in the Bible, think about Him, look for Him, and listen.  Get out of the way and let the King guide you.
   Set aside time each day to do this.
   This is not the kind of life that most Christians live.  They have forsaken God for Satan's many toys, entertainments, games, and sins.  They don't have time for the King.  No wonder God cannot be found today.  No wonder churches are dead.

   Will you be a true Christian?
   The King is here.  It is time to throw off the distractions and follow the conquering King.  He will save your life.

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