The followers of Jesus became known as Christians (as in Acts 11:26) because they believed Jesus to be the Messiah (Christos) prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. Christians designate him Jesus Christ, meaning Jesus the Christos. Christ was originally a title, but later became part of the name "Jesus Christ", though it is still also used as a title, in the reciprocal use Christ Jesus, meaning "The Messiah Jesus". In common usage "Christ" is generally treated as synonymous with "Jesus of Nazareth".
Jesus is not accepted by the majority of Jews as their Messiah. The Jewish people still await the Messiah's first coming, while Christians await his second coming, when they believe he will fulfill those parts of Messianic prophecy left unfulfilled in the first century AD.
The area of Christian theology called Christology is primarily concerned with the nature and person of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament.
Other articles related to "christ":
... Therefore he who would find Christ must first find the Church ... How should we know where Christ and his faith were, if we did not know where his believers are? And he who would know anything of Christ must not trust himself nor build a bridge to ... people one must hold to them, and see how they believe, live and teach they surely have Christ in their midst ...
... of Patriarch Nestorius, Eutyches declared that Christ was "a fusion of human and divine elements", causing his own denunciation as a heretic twenty ... According to Nestorius, all the human experiences and attributes of Christ are to be assigned to 'the man', as a distinct personal subject from God the Word, though united to God the Word from the moment of ... nature and divine nature were combined into the single nature of Christ that of the incarnate Word ...
... use of "Χ," derived from Chi, the Greek alphabet initial, as an abbreviation for Christ (most commonly in the abbreviation "Χmas") is often misinterpreted as a modern secularization of the ... Christians are sometimes referred to as "Xians," with the 'X' replacing 'Christ ... is the Chi Rho symbol formed by superimposing the first two Greek letters in Christ ( Greek "Χριστός"), chi = ch and rho = r, to produce ☧ ...
... It refers to an attribute of the tomb of Christ, known as the Zoodochos Taphos in the Eastern Orthodox Church ... The tomb of Christ is considered a symbol of the Resurrection in Eastern Christianity ... applied to the Theotokos since church tradition teaches that she received the Life of Christ in her womb ...
... as emanating from the pierced heart and body cavity of Christ, also acknowledge the allegorical interpretation it represents one of the main key teachings/mysteries of the Church, and ... the wine before the consecration, an act which acknowledges Christ's humanity and divinity and recalls the issuance of blood and water from Christ's ... the blood is a symbol of the divine mercy of Christ, while the water is a symbol of His divine compassion and of baptismal waters ...
Famous quotes containing the word christ:
“In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free;”
—Julia Ward Howe (18191910)
“Rejoice ye pure in heart,
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your orient banners wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.”
—Edward Plumptre (18211891)
“Ah, when shall come loves courage to be strong!
Tell me, O Lordtell me, O Lord, how long
Are we to keep Christ writhing on the cross!”
—Edwin Arlington Robinson (18691935)