RELIGION AND LIFE: unit 1 module 3: The belief that Jesus was the Messiah

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Religion Notes:


Define messiah:

-       Messiah comes from the Hebrew word, Mashiach, meaning “the anointed one,” or “the chosen one.” –


Jewish understanding of the Messiah:

-       ‘They overlooked the Messiah’s spiritual role as a deliverer from sin and Satan. They didn’t understand that His kingdom was spiritual, not political. As a result, few were prepared to accept Jesus as the promised Messiah. He didn’t fit their ideas of what the Messiah would do.’


Christian understanding of the Messiah:

-       ‘Some, however, saw beneath the surface and recognized Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah—God’s anointed, chosen One to save them from sin. It became their purpose to share this wonderful insight with others.’-, and these were the Christians.


The prophets said that the Messiah would:

-       Draw near to me, hear this:

from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,

from the time it came to be I have been there.”

And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.- Isaiah 48:16

-       Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.- Isaiah 7:14




-       Reveals the nature and prophesised intentions of God, as revealed to John.



Jesus called ‘Christ’:

-       Jesus is called "The Christ," it is the same thing as calling him "The Messiah" or "The Anointed One."-

Christians call Jesus the ‘Messiah’:

-       prophesized in the Jewish scriptures and the Christian Old Testament: ‘The Messiah would offer salvation to all mankind’- Joel 2:32, from original sin.


Fulfilled prophecies in the scriptures:

-       “I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” As Jesus said in John 7:29

-       ‘And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.’ -Luke 1:34-35


Purpose of the Gospels:

-       Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

-       ‘good news’

-       ‘these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you might have life in His name.’ [John 20:30-31]


Purpose of the Creed (what it says in the Catholic Church about the Messiah): (

The Apostles Creed

The Nicene Creed

I believe in Jesus Christ, 
his only Son, our Lord.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, 
the only Son of God, 
eternally begotten of the Father, 
God from God, Light from Light, 
true God from true God, 
begotten, not made, 
one in Being with the Father. 
Through him all things were made. 
For us men and for our salvation, 
he came down from heaven:

He was conceived by the 
power of the Holy Spirit 
and born of the Virgin Mary.

by the power of the Holy Spirit 
he was born of the Virgin Mary, 
and became man.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried. 
He descended into hell.

For our sake he was crucified 
under Pontius Pilate; 
he suffered died and was buried.

On the third day he rose again.

On the third day he rose again 
in fulfilment of the Scriptures;

He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge 
the living and the dead

he ascended into heaven 
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory 
to judge the living and the dead, 
and his kingdom will have no end.


Trinity concept + the Messiah:

-       The father, the son, and the holy spirit: being god, Jesus Christ the Messiah and the holy spirit.


Jesus as the Messiah- ‘salvation’:

-       For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”- Romans 10:13



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