“And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” Matthew 1:16
The name Christ means Messiah. Messiah means the Anointed One, the One sent by God to be the Savior. For centuries the Jewish people had known through the promises God made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and King David that Messiah would come. The prophets also spoke of the Messiah’s coming. Isaiah proclaimed, “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
The name Jesus Christ means that He is the Savior of all who believe, the promised Messiah, and the anointed Redeemer of Israel. He is the one that God so faithfully promised. Jesus was sent by the God of Israel, Jesus was appointed by the God of Israel, Jesus was anointed by the God of Israel. Jesus knew why He was sent, no one had to tell Him; He understood why He was sent, no one had to explain it to Him; He rejoiced in why He was sent, no one had to motivate Him.
His place, His person, His position, His passion, His purpose, flowed from the anointing He carried as the one sent by God.