Christ

CHRIST

"Then he (Jesus) said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke 24:25-27 (Source: King James Version of the Bible)

Since Jesus himself started with defining himself as "Christ", I'm also going to start this with explaining the meaning of "Christ".

King David referred to King Saul as the christ. Yes. He did ... in 1 Samuel 24:6, "And David said to his men, The Lord be merciful to me, lest I do this thing to my lord, the anointed of the Lord, or that I send mine hand on him, for he is the christ of the Lord."

In fact, though the term "christ" is significant, in the older English translations of the Bible, it was used often, but not directly in connection with Jesus. So by itself, as a stand-alone term, what does "christ" mean? Why was it used other than for Jesus?

The Wycliffe's Bible (1382 to 1395 A.D.) offers 35 Old Testament references for the term "christ" (https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=christ&version=WYC). You'll have to read them in context to understand their usages better.

So check out the origins for the term "christ" in the screenshots below from the Oxford English Dictionary of 1888. Follow along with the other definitions as well that are associated with "christ" and see where they take you in this journey of understanding it.

This winter, a neighbor had killed some deer during deer hunting season and brought them over the house as a neighborly gift.

Was it coincidence? We recently also had bought a meat grinder for the first time in our lives at a second-hand store.

As I processed the deer, I noticed that one of the deer had a lot of fat. Since I had heard that deer meat can be tough or rather dry, I decided to mix the fat in with the meat while grinding the meat. Often folks around here use pork fat, but I had more than enough deer fat instead.

Later, when had cooked the meat and fat combination, I found that the fat was especially abundant in the dish. It was pronounced. It made the meat feel like I was eating a candle instead of meat alone. The fat was like that kind of wax. It stuck to my lips. I had a harder than usual time cleaning the cookery as well as cleaning the fat off of my lips. The fat was creamy for sure. It felt THICK! It was kind of like the Carmex or ChapStick lip balm products but much more overpowering.

So as I was researching as well as writing this article that was about the time that I had cooked and eaten that particular deer meat. During the research, when the above definition for "smear" provided the additional terms of "fat", "grease", "butter", and "marrow", immediately the terminology made a connection with me - like literally! I easily imagined what it could have been like if that kind of "ointment" was mixed with perfumes or spices. That kind of fat or "anointing" could carry the scents for a very long time for sure!

Along with the idea of the explanation of my experience with fat being smeared into meat as well as cooked and smeared on my lips, please consider the following regarding more terms that relate to the term "christ".

Check out the following verse, "And David said to his men, The Lord be merciful to me, lest I do this thing to my lord, the anointed of the Lord, or that I send mine hand on him, for he is the christ of the Lord. (And David said to his men, The Lord forbid that I do this to my lord, who is the Lord’s anointed, or that I put my hand against him, for he is the Lord’s anointed.)" 1 Samuel 24:6 (Source: Wycliffe's Bible)

The verse above is not about Jesus Christ. It is about King Saul the predecessor of King David. David said the above about Saul that Saul is the "christ of the Lord".

In context, when reading through the Scriptures, one can find, if one is open to noticing it, that after Mt. Sinai, as a result of the Law, the Israelites began anointing themselves. The Israelites were to be known as God's peculiar people. Perhaps the anointing of themselves was in conjunction with them also being peculiar to God.

There may be another reference older, but the first easily apparent reference to anointing with oil is found in Genesis where Jacob made a vow and anointed an altar in Genesis 28:18.

Concordant Literal Version

King James Version

I wanted to clear the air about the term "christ" by writing this because Christ, in the Scriptures, was not exclusive, in use, to Jesus alone.

But the term "Christ" is very important nonetheless. It is a term of sacred importance, except, it is not exclusive to Jesus alone.