Christ: (n) the title, also treated as a name, given to Jesus of Nazareth
From the original Greek, the word “Christ” means “Anointed One.”
So much like religion–one definition requires a second definition.
What is anointed?
Is the Christ the only Anointed One?
Are you anointed?
Am I anointed?
Or is it a religion because there’s only one anointed person, who is worshiped by scads of non-anointed followers?
When I read the New testament, especially the Gospels, I can envision Jesus as a person. It’s when they start working hard to make him the Christ, fulfilling
Testament prophesies and legitimizing traditional practices, that I tend to duck back into the shadows.
I often wonder if Jesus would consider himself the Christ, the Anointed One.
We do have the occasion when he deflected praise for being God from a rich young ruler.
He constantly elevated the floor plan of people’s lives by telling them that “their faith made them whole.”
Is it possible that all of a sudden he turns into this opulent Son of the Most High God, who declares himself to be the Anointed One?
And it begs the question: do human beings require an Anointed One? Does somebody have to be perfect, free of sin and sent from the heavens in order for us to be impressed and impacted?
I woke up this morning to a world of white, layered in snow. I looked out my window and watched as a man in a car braved the elements, sliding his way over the ice, out onto the main thoroughfare of humanity.
That was pretty impressive. I wouldn’t call him anointed, but I did stop for a second and applaud him.
What does it take to touch us as people?
We are touched when we’re around other people who are burdened by our same difficulties, and still have not given up.
That’s what moves us.
Jesus did pretty well with the multitudes.
But Jesus Christ lives in a more uppity neighborhood.