The fifth chapter of the Gospel of John paints an epochal portrait of Jesus, speaking of His identity and the climactic character of His mission. In that chapter Jesus says this: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39). The Scriptures of which He speaks are the Old Testament.
This Advent series explores the identity of the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, using the description found in the Apostles’ Creed.
“This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.” (Acts 17:3, NKJV)
The Greek word “Christ” translates the Hebrew word “Messiah.” Both Christ and Messiah mean “Anointed One,” the One set apart and endued with the Spirit of God as God’s promised prophet, priest, and king. All of the Old Testament points to Jesus as the Messiah promised from the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15), the One who would bring deliverance.
Over the years we would learn more about this Messiah as more and more of the Bible is written. We learn He would be a greater prophet than Moses.