Some interesting discussion flown out from last Friday's Simply Christianity course - when is Jesus, the "Christ"?
- Did Jesus become the Christ before the creation, when God planned salvation for the elected through the death and resurrection of Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9)?
- Or, did Jesus become Christ when he was born into the house of David in 4 BC, where the angel told Joseph and Mary that "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11)?
- Or, did Jesus become Christ when he was baptised by John the Baptist at the Jordan river in 27 AD, the Holy Spirit descended on him like a dove, and God in heaven declared that "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:16-17)?
- Or, did Jesus become Christ when he was transfigured in front of Peter, James and John in 30 AD, when God declared again that Jesus is not only his beloved Son, but also commanded them to "listen to him"? (Matthew 17:5)
- Or, did Jesus become Christ when he was hung on the cross at the passover, bearing the curse of God? He has full awareness of his identity when he was questioned by Pontius Pilate (Luke 22:67-69), and he later explained the Christ must "suffer these things and enter into his glory". (Luke 24:25-26)
- Or, did Jesus become Christ when death could no longer hold the Holy One (Acts 2:25-31), when he was resurrected from the grave 3 days after the crucification? The sting of death has been effectively dealt with, and devil, who has the power of death, has been destroyed (Hebrews 2:15).
- Or, did Jesus become Christ when he was ascended to the heaven 40 days after his resurrection, seated at the right hand of God in his glory, with all his enemies as his footstool (Psalm 110:1, Daniel 7:13-14)?
It was like asking was David the king of Israel when he was anointed by the prophet Samuel, or when he has established his throne in Jerusalem...