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Who is Jesus?

Jesus challenges us to know who He is. He is clear. He is straightforward. He is the Messiah.

  • The woman he was talking with casually mentioned she was waiting for the Messiah to be revealed.
  • She could not have been expecting this response from the man who wanted some water.

The conversation got interrupted. She had heard enough. She went and spread the word. Jesus has revealed himself to us. What are we waiting for? Why do we act like we are continuing to look for Him?

Jesus is the Messiah. God has put Him in charge of everything. Jesus restores us to our rightful state of right standing with God, our Father. Now that is some good news!

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.

English Standard Version. (2016). (John 4:25–26). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

In spite of her ignorance, there was one truth this woman did know: The Messiah was coming and would reveal the secrets of hearts. Where did she learn this truth? We do not know, but that seed had lain buried in her heart until that very hour, and now it was going to bear fruit. Our Master’s response to her statement was, literally: “I that speak to you, I am!” He dared to utter the holy name of God!

At this point, the woman put her faith in Jesus the Messiah and was converted. Immediately she wanted to share her faith with others, so she went into the village and told the men she had met the Messiah.

  • When you consider how little spiritual truth this woman knew, her zeal and witness put us to shame.
  • But God used her simple testimony, and many of the people came out to the well to meet Jesus.
  • The rabbis said, “It is better that the words of the Law be burned than be delivered to a woman!”
  • But Jesus did not agree with that narrow prejudice.

Why did she leave her waterpot when she hurried into the city? For one thing, she had the living water within and was now satisfied. Also, she intended to come back; and in the interim, the disciples and Jesus could use the vessel to satisfy their thirst. Gone were the racial barriers and battles that had existed before! They were all one in faith and love!

This woman did not come to faith in Jesus immediately. Jesus was patient with her, and in this, He sets a good example for us in our own personal work. Certainly, she was the least likely prospect for salvation, yet God used her to win an entire village!

“Christ” means “Messiah” or “anointed one”. As the Messiah, Jesus is the one who fulfils all old testament expectations.

In Hebrew, MESSIAH מָשִׁיַח, (mashiyach) means “anointed” or “an anointed one”. Rendered into Greek as Χριστός (christos), or a verb χρίω (chriō, “to anoint”). In this sense, it is essentially the same to say that Jesus is “Messiah,” or the “the Messiah.”

Jesus is the anointed King. Jesus is the anointed Priest. Jesus is the anointed Prophet. Jesus is anointed by the Holy Spirit. In all cases, Jesus is the “Anointed One” by God.

Jesus’ own claims to be the Messiah

In the context of Jesus “the Messiah” being a title, it is clear that Jesus sees himself as the Messiah.

  • John 4:25–26 — The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called the Messiah); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
  • Matthew 23:10 — “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, the Messiah.”
  • Matthew 26:63–64 —  But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
  • John 10:24–25 — The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.”