The Gospel of John 1:35-42 (Messiah and Christ) – Angelic Wars
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The Gospel of John 1:35-42 (Messiah and Christ)


Here is the next section, John 1:35-42) with questions below

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

Questions and discussion:

  1. Andrew was Jewish.  What did he mean by the word “Messiah?
  2. Who did the Jews think that person was?” 
  3. Messiah is Hebrew.  What is the word in the Greek language?
  4. Has Jesus revealed a “new” you, like he did for Peter?

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van says May 9, 2023

1. anointed one
2. the one that would save them from the romans
3. χριστοσ
4. not sure what you mean by this question, if new in the sense that he gave peter a new name, not sure again, since renaming christians does not seem to be normative. if in the sense, we have a new brother, the messiah, the anointed one, then yes

    Rick says May 9, 2023

    Hi Van,

    Impressive that you use the Greek alphabet. For those who don’t it says “Christ.” In regard to the last question, it was a personal one, not about a “name” but an identity which I think you addressed.


Anna says May 11, 2023

Andrew was Jewish. What did he mean by the word “Messiah?
A future Jewish king from the Davidic line, who is expected to save the Jewish nation, and will be anointed with holy anointing oil and rule the Jewish people during the Messianic Age.

Who did the Jews think that person was?”
While ancient Judaism acknowledged multiple messiahs, the two most relevant being the Messiah ben Joseph and the traditional Messiah ben David. The Messiah ben Joseph, who would come and suffer, and the Messiah ben David, who would come as a conquering king.

Messiah is Hebrew. What is the word in the Greek language?
The Greek translation of Messiah is Khristós (Χριστός), anglicized as Christ.

A Hebrew word meaning “anointed” or the “chosen one”. The Greek word used in the New Testament for “anointed” is Christ.

Has Jesus revealed a “new” you, like he did for Peter?
Yes, he has revealed a new me. I can feel this “new” me, stirring inside. This new me feels good, filled with love, understanding, compassion and wisdom. For the longest time this old me was just trudging along life, numb and has no direction, dead inside. But by the Grace of God, he has changed me and transformed me to this wondrous being. How can that be??? I never knew there was another state of being. I never thought such a transformation is possible. Now I walk along life, filled with light and joy in my heart. Seeing the world with new eyes, that itself is a miracle for me.

    Rick says May 11, 2023

    Thank you for commenting. I didn’t know about the two Messiah’s under Jewish eschatology. I read a little on it and am intrigued–the origin possibly going back to Zachariah. In event, the Jewish people of Jesus’s time didn’t expect a Messiah like him. You are the second person to actually type out the Greek word for Messiah in Greek letters.

    I like your testimony. I hope it inspires others to change the direction of their lives if they feel lost.

Rick says May 15, 2023


Thank you to those who had responded to these questions. There are some excellent answers. My thoughts may reiterate some points stated in the comments.

1. Andrew was Jewish. What did he mean by the word “Messiah?

Andrew meant the prophesized Savior of Israel, but probably not in the way God intended
because Jews had a different concept of the Messiah’s function. We don’t really know
what was in the minds of the Apostles, but can only go by their reactions as Jesus
conducted his ministry. They struggled to understand Jesus’s enormous impact that will
take place through history.

2. Who did the Jews think that person was?”

The Jews thought of the “Messiah” as a military savior from the Romans. Some theorize
that Judas was one of the militant Jewish Zealots and tried to force Jesus to take a
political stand.

I just started a book, “Rome and Jerusalem” by Martin Goodman where the author
cites the historian Josephus during the 70 AD first revolt. In these reports you see the
violent factions within Israel that were trying to liberate themselves from Rome. This
point of view is validated in the last Jewish revolt, the Bar Kokhba revolt in 132 AD. Some
rabbis of the time considered Simon bar Kokhba to be the Messiah.

3. Messiah is Hebrew. What is the word in the Greek language?

As stated in some of the comments, above, the Greek work for Messiah is “Christ.” It is
not Jesus’s last name, but his title. It means “anointed one.”

4. Has Jesus revealed a “new” you, like he did for Peter?

My personal answer to this is that Jesus is continuing to reveal the “new me.” This is no
easy task since my shortcomings threaten to stand in the way. As Paul wrote, I must
“Fight the good fight.”

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