Tonight @ FUEL, we’re going to continue a new series that we started up last week entitled “A King and His Kingdom”, which focuses on learning who Jesus is and what His identity tells us about the nature and working of His Kingdom. Our goal in this series is to invite students into a deeper walk with Jesus by knowing Him better while simultaneously calling them to more committed and obedient action in being a productive member of His Kingdom. Please be in prayer for our youth as we work through this series!
As far as the individual message is concerned tonight, we’re actually going to be doing something pretty cool (I think) for our teaching time. We’ll be doing a word study tonight with our students, focusing on the word Messiah.
Most of us have heard this word before. Maybe you’ve even heard Jesus called “The Messiah”, or heard Chris Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah” worship song. If you’ve grown up in church or are familiar with church life at all, you’re probably familiar with the word enough to have heard it and know that Jesus is the Messiah.
But what does this word actually mean? It’s a Hebrew word that rarely is defined or studied anymore because of its Greek equivalent – Christ. But you would be surprised as the amount of Christians who don’t even know what the word “Christ” means exactly. Some even think “Christ” is Jesus’ last name, which obviously needs to be corrected by the church.
“Messiah” or “Christ” is a title that, in its Hebrew roots, simply means “the Anointed One”. We’ll talk extensively with our students tonight about how all of the major offices of the Old Testament (King, Priest, and Prophet) were instituted with the concept of “anointing” as a way of signifying that they were “holy and set aside”. In this way, we understand that Jesus, the Anointed One, is the one and perfect Messiah. He is the King of God’s covenant people. He is our great and faithful high priest (Hebrews 3:1), and is our perfect prophet through whom God’s own word flow.
Thus, we hope our students will understand tonight that we as followers of Christ have no need for a king, a priest, or a prophet anymore. Jesus is all of those to us as the perfect Messiah, the Anointed One. We hope this understanding draws them further into their relationship with Jesus as they love Him more and more. Please join us in encouraging this in their lives this week!
Youth Pastor – FBC Elberton