What does Messiah mean?
Here's the answer:
The word Messiah means "deliverer" or "savior." In the Bible, this word is used to describe Jesus!
Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, sin has been a part of our world. There hasn’t been anyone in the world who hasn’t sinned (except Jesus!). Sadly, because God is holy and perfect, He can’t have a close relationship with people who sin. But God loves us, so He had a plan to save us from our sin and restore our relationship with Him. He told His people, the Jews, that He would one day send a savior to take care of the sin problem.
The Jews waited many, many years for that Savior to come. They called Him the Messiah, because He would deliver people from sin. While they waited, God told different men amazing things about who this Messiah would be and what He would do. The words those men spoke from God about the future Messiah were called "prophecies."
Finally, after thousands of years, God sent His very own Son, Jesus, to be the Messiah. When Jesus was on earth, He fulfilled all of the prophecies that were told about Him. And finally, Jesus died on a cross so He could pay the price of sin for anyone who believes in Him. He then rose from the dead three days later and went back to heaven to prepare a place for everyone who would accept His death as the payment for their sin.
Even though all the prophecies about Jesus came true, many Jews still didn’t believe He was the Messiah. They had started to believe that the Messiah would save them from the rule of the Roman Empire—but that’s not what Jesus came to do! Still, thousands and thousands of people have believed that Jesus is the Messiah who saves us from sin.
If you believe in Jesus and accept that He paid for your sins, He will become your Messiah too! To find out more about that, click here.
"The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).
"The woman said, 'I know that Messiah is coming.' (He is called Christ.) 'When he comes, he will explain everything to us.' Then Jesus said, 'I, the one speaking to you, am he'" (John 4:25–26).
"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life" (John 3:16).