What does the Christ mean?
The second name of the Messiah is Christ. Unfortunately, the way the name Jesus Christ is used sometimes it appears that Christ is merely His last name. In those days, they did not have last names. Actually, Christ is not just a name, it is also a title; it would have been far more correct to have translated it as Jesus the Christ. The English word Christ comes from the Greek word christos. Christos is a translation of the Hebrew word mashiach, which is the origin of the English word Messiah. Christ is the Greek equivalent ofMessiah and has the same meaning, “anointed” or “anointed one” (Lk. 2:11). The name Christ emphasizes the office of Messiah. The name Christ has three specific implications that should be noted. First, it implies that Jesus was appointed by God the Father to this specific office in Acts 2:36: Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly, that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified. The second implication of the name Christ is that there is a sacred relationship between the Anointed One and God. Since God does the appointing, therefore, God does the anointing. Because God does the anointing, there is a sacred and special relationship between the Anointed One and God. The third implication of the name Christ is that of the communication of the Spirit’s authority since the anointing is that of the Holy Spirit. This is taught in the Old Testament in Psalm 45:7 and also found in the New Testament in Acts 4:27: for of a truth in this city against your holy Servant Jesus, whom you did anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, were gathered together. The point at which this anointing happened is given in Acts 10:38: even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. This verse speaks of the special anointing that the Messiah received from God by the Holy Spirit at the time of the His baptism by John
MBS052 The Names and Titles of the Messiah Pg 3-4