Hebrews – Jesus the Christ

In the Gospels, Jesus in not called Jesus Christ except in narration. It’s not until Peter on the day of Pentecost that the 1st reference to Jesus Christ is used, “Repent, and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins,…” Acts 2:38

In the historical text of the gospels, the people are talking about and looking for “The Christ.” When some begin to make the connection between the Christ and Jesus, he is referred to as: Jesus, the Christ.

It seems not everyone thought the Christ was the Son of God. When Jesus asks the Pharisees, “ ‘What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘Of David.’” Matt 22:42

Jesus makes the case that the Christ is more than just the Son of Man (of David). He asks the scribes, “‘Why do they say that the Christ is David’s son? David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, Until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet.”’ David therefore calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” Luke 20:41-44

Jesus’ apostles make the connection that He was the Christ. He asks his apostles, “… ‘who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, You are the Christ.” Mark 8:29. But not only that, they also understand that the Christ is the Son of God. Some other disciples also make the connection. Martha tells Jesus, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, he who comes into the world.” John 11:27

Saul/Paul after his conversion proclaims, “the Christ is the Son of God,” in Damascus. Acts 8:5

Maybe that’s why the Hebrews writer spends the entire 1st chapter of Hebrews making the case that the Son is God and that God anointed Him above all others. The Son is the anointed one, that is, the Christ. And Peter tells us, Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Matthew 16:16

 — Scott R