Christ is a title, and it means Anointed or Chosen One. The word Christ is the Greek (or New Testament) equivalent of the Hebrew (Old Testament) word for Messiah. The name Jesus is the human name given to Mary by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:31). The full name of Jesus Christ is Jesus the Anointed One or Jesus the Messiah. Jesus asks His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”  Peter answered Him, “You are the Messiah!” (Mark 8:29) As a show of authority, the kings, priests, and prophets were anointed with oil in ancient Israel. Anointing was a symbolic act to indicate God’s choosing. The most significant anointing was that of Jesus by the Holy Spirit: Then Peter began […]
In the book of Revelation, Jesus reveals himself to the Apostle John as the “Bright Morning Star”. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to attest these things to you for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16) Jesus is not just one of many stars, but the bright morning star, the one that outshines all the others. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). Jesus is the true light that brings life. He is the pre-existent light, before all other light. From the early […]
The Good Shepherd is one of my favorite names of Jesus. One who will take care of you. One who is good! We all need a little more good in this world, and that is what Jesus brings. It is one of the few names that Jesus gives to himself, so it must be important.  Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) The good shepherd came to seek and find the lost. Jesus gave us an example of this through his parable of the lost sheep, mentioned in Luke 15. A good shepherd will leave the 99 sheep to find the one that is lost. When he has […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.