In today's culture, "Christ" is often a synonym for "Jesus" or perhaps His last name. "Messiah" is a synonym for "Savior" and often just means "the one who died on the cross for us". While there is some measure of truth to those things, "Christ" and "Messiah" have largely been misunderstood. You may be surprised when you find out what the Bible is really saying when the scriptures use those words!

This video is a supplement to Episode 21 of Opening Up the Gospels. Watch the original episode here.

This video is part of the Opening Up the Gospels series.


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Thanks for this gem of a

Thanks for this gem of a resource. I've use this multiple times in Bible studies. It's a clear explanation of such a central piece of the Gospel. I went through it with a group of guys couple days ago and was struck by what Peter meant when He said: "“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (‭Acts‬ ‭2‬:‭36‬ NKJV) He's the King of Heaven and the King of Israel. Which sounds a lot like Ephesians 1:9-10 of bringing all things in heaven and earth under one head. Do you think the Jews had an expectation of the Messiah as the Lord of heaven? I know Jesus quoted psalm 110 showing His supremacy over David. Are you aware of other instances?

Thanks for your encouragement

Thanks for your encouragement Jake.

There are a couple of teachings I'd recommend to you related to Acts 2. It's an awesome passage. Check out this one here:

I've also recently done one myself that I'll be posting on the site sometime before the end of the year (still have to clean up the audio). It will be session 6 ("Jesus of Nazareth") of my Faith, Hope, and Love class here:

That being said, there isn't much evidence that the Jews expected their Messiah to also be the LORD Himself. In retrospect, of course, we see Jesus as both - but there is almost no evidence of expectation of a divine Messiah in Jewish tradition.


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Hey, Josh, I was just

Hey, Josh, I was just perusing this page and saw your comment. I know the comment is 2 years old, but I'd recommend a book called "Return of the Kosher Pig" by Yitzhak Shapira. It presents a case from Jewish tradition for the validity of the claims of Yeshua regarding being Messiah, including some of the ramifications concerning His divinity. Shapira admits that his findings are not mainstream, but they are found in Jewish tradition.

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