Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Who Was the First Christ of the Bible and What Kind of Christ was Jesus?

A common assumption among people is that Christ was the last name of Jesus. There are two good reasons for this assumption.

(1) In our culture people are normally identified by two names, i.e., John Smith.

(2) In the English New Testaments most people read, he was called Jesus Christ.


Now let’s turn to the word “Christ” which we read in our Bibles. The first thing we must understand is that every English Bible is called a translation. The translators worked from ancient Greek manuscripts to make their translations. In those ancient manuscripts, when they saw the Greek word below they wrote “Christ” in their translation.



When you compare ancient manuscripts of books of the Bible to translations of those books, you will discover that translators have four options for working with the ancient words.

(1) translatewrite the meaning of the ancient Greek word.

(2) transliteratewrite the equivalent English letters of the Greek letters of the ancient Greek word.

(3) ignoreignore the ancient Greek word and write nothing.

(4) substitutewrite something unrelated to the ancient Greek words.


So, which option did the English translators choose when they read the ancient Greek word above? They chose #2 – transliterate.


The literal transliteration of the Greek word is CHRISTOS. The “-OS” is a case ending that translators drop, which leaves us with “Christ.” Make sure you understand the impact of making the decision to transliterate the Greek word, instead of translating it. The translators did not record the meaning of the word in their translation, therefore readers of their work are not told what the word CHRISTOS means. The translation of CHRISTOS is means “to pour” or “anoint,” therefore if they had chosen option #1 above, instead of having “Jesus Christ” in your New Testament you would see “Jesus anointed.” What does that mean to you?

Translating an ancient text requires much more than simply looking up Greek or Hebrew in a lexicon and deciding which of the four above options they will do. The first thing is to have an understanding of the culture of the people in the text, beginning with their language, customs, religions, etc. The culture of Jesus and his followers was Second Temple Judaism and the language he spoke when he taught was Hebrew. In his world, the Hebrew equivalent of CHRISTOS is this:

The transliteration of this word is MASHIYACH. In addition to the literal meaning of “anointed,” it was also a well-known title. A person was anointed by God to carry out a specific task, as we will see below. Therefore, an accurate translation is “Jesus the Anointed One.” Of course, we should note that if the translators had used this process of his name, this is what you would read in your English translation – “Yeshua the Anointed One.” No one in his world ever called him “Jesus.”

In the history of the Jewish people, those who were anointed included priests and kings. And, this brings us to the question of this article, “Who was the first Christ of the Bible?

(1) The first “Anointed One” of the Bible was Aaron, the brother of Moseshe was anointed as a priest (Exodus 29:7).

(2) Another Anointed One Christ (a priest) appears in Leviticus 4:5.

(3) The first king to be anointed was Saul (I Samuel 9:16).

(4) Perhaps the most interesting of the Christs is the one mentioned in Isaiah 45:1 -- Cyrus the Christ, King of the Persians! Interesting. Check it out.

During the Second Temple a new concept related to the title “Anointed One” appeared. Like the earlier “Anointed Ones,” he will be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). The mashiach is often referred to as "mashiach ben David" (mashiach, son of David). He will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its commandments (Isaiah 11:2-5). He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader, who will win battles for Israel. He will be a great judge, who makes righteous decisions (Jeremiah 33:15). The new belief about the “Anointed One” is that he will be “anointed” in the End of Days. (http://www.jewfaq.org/mashiach.htm)

What did Jesus believe he was “anointed” to do? Luke provides the answer and it was given by Jesus himself at his home synagogue. He read it from the scroll of Isaiah:

The Spirit of Yahweh is upon me, because He has “anointed” me to proclaim the good news to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh. (Isaiah 61:1-2)

Let’s take another look at what Jesus said “the Christ” will do:

● proclaim the good news to the poor

● heal the brokenhearted

● proclaim liberty to the captives

● proclaim recovery of sight to the blind

● set at liberty those who are oppressed

● proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh

Now let’s consider the meaning of the word “Christian.” It comes from the Greek word Χριστιανός (CHRISTIANOS) which means "follower of the Anointed One." As followers of the Anointed One they were committed to do the things above that Jesus had been anointed to do.

(1) Are you a Christian?

(2) Did your church tell you being a Christian means that you do the things above?

Think about it!


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Friday, February 12, 2016

Would Jesus Want People to “BELIEVE IN” Him or “BELIEVE” Him?

What is the difference between “BELIEVING IN” Jesus and “BELIEVING” Jesus? Which would Jesus want Christians today to do? How does one little word “IN” change everything? How does it affect the quality of life for not only the 2 billion Christians in the world, but that of the other 5+ billion people they share the planet with? How does the “IN” affect the very meaning of what a Christian is, what a church does and what being a Christian nation means?

This is the single most important question that individual Christians and members of churches must answer – and they need to do ASAP! Why? Because the “IN” determines what Christians Value the Most & Where they Focus their Actions.


Church memberships have been in a steady decline for years, but Christianity is still one of the largest collectives in the world – and without question the largest in America! If just 3 Christians out of 10 decide “BELIEVING” Jesus is the answer and acted together – their impact would be tremendous on individuals, families, neighborhoods, cities, companies, educational institutions, government institutions, financial institutions, etc. Membership in their churches would explode!  Read the complete newsletter (PDF) by clicking here

The Real Yeshua Shabbat Torah Readings for 02/13/16

The Torah portion Yeshua would on the next Shabbat (February 13th) in the synagogue is called Terumah which means gift or offering:

Exodus 25:1-26:30 + Isaiah 66
Exodus 26:31-27:19 + Ezekiel 16:10-19

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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Real Yeshua Shabbat Torah Readings for 02/06/16

One of the first conflicts in the Yeshua Movement after the crucifixion was over the question of whether Gentiles should be required to convert to Judaism before they would be able to become members of the Movement? The famous Jerusalem Council of the apostles and elders ruled that they would not be required to convert, but they were required to follow these laws (Acts 15:19-21):

(1) abstain from things polluted by idols

(2) abstain from sexual immorality

(3) abstain from things strangled

(4) abstain from blood

(5) keep the Shabbat by going to synagogues; listen to the Torah being read and discussed

Follow the Torah Reading Schedule every week and learn the Scriptures that Yeshua and his Jewish followers heard every week in their synagogues. Look for references to them in the teachings of Yeshua and discover his interpretations. The readings for February 6th are:

Exodus 21:1-22:25 + Jeremiah 34:1
Exodus 22:26-23:33 + Isaiah 49:3
Exodus 24:1-18 + Isaiah 60:17-61:9

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