Consider Jesus: The Anointed

Let us continue to “consider Jesus.” (Heb. 3:1) 

Acts 4:26,27 “The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ. (Anointed – ASV, Anointed One – NIV)

27For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed,”

To anoint means to consecrate, especially to an office or some serious or somber purpose.  Anoint is the Greek word “chrio,” and “christos” is the Greek word for Christ.  Literally “Christ” means “anointed one.”  Jesus was the “Anointed One,” the Messiah.  

Jesus was consecrated to His holy office and God sent Him to do His redeeming work.  “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)  Jesus quoted a prophecy of Isaiah saying this same thing at the synagogue in Nazareth to start His public work.  “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN” (Luke 4:18)