The Bible often refers to Jesus as Jesus Christ. The very first verse in the New Testament says: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1 KJV) Christ is not Jesus’ last name but is a title meaning “anointed one.” Sometimes the Bible writes His name “Christ Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jesus the Christ or simply Jesus. The Greek Word for Christ corresponds with the Hebrew word for Messiah. Many people failed to recognize Jesus as the Messiah because they were expecting a political leader. Jesus knew that some of the people wanted to force Him to be king. The Bible says:“When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.” (John 6:15 KJV) The people wanted a king that would lead them to be free from the Romans. When the people saw that He could feed 5,000 people, they knew He had power and they wanted Him to use His power for their worldly desires. They didn’t understand the purpose of Jesus’ coming. As we look back at who were the first to hear the great news that a Savior had been born, the Bible says:“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12 KJV) The Old Testament predicts the Messiah and the New Testament reveals the Messiah to be Jesus of Nazareth. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 KJV) The Old Testament tells us that He would be born of a virgin. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 KJV) We are also told that He will be born in Bethlehem.“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2 KJV) The Old Testament has much to say about the Messiah. Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest prophecies identifying Jesus as the Messiah. In fact, this is the passage the eunuch was reading when Philip met him and explained the good news about Jesus. What do you know about Jesus Christ, the Messiah?