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":
... of blood and water 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 ... of water into 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 ... nature of the blood and water, explaining that the blood is a symbol of the divine mercy of Christ, while the water is a symbol of His divine compassion and ...
... assertion of Patriarch Nestorius, Eutyches declared that Christ was "a fusion of human and divine elements", causing his own denunciation as a heretic twenty years after the First ... 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 ... extreme, asserting that human nature and divine nature were combined into the single nature of Christ that of the incarnate Word ...
... 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 ... Theotokos since church tradition teaches that she received the Life of Christ in her womb ...
... Chi, the Greek alphabet initial, as an abbreviation for Christ (most commonly in the abbreviation "Χmas") is often misinterpreted as a modern secularization of ... Christians are sometimes referred to as "Xians," with the 'X' replacing 'Christ ... formed by superimposing the first two Greek letters in Christ ( Greek "Χριστός"), chi = ch and rho = r, to produce ☧ ...
... 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 ... to them, and see how they believe, live and teach they surely have Christ in their midst ...
Famous quotes containing the word christ:
“For often at Church Ive seen the stained high glass
Pour out the Virgin and Saints, twist and untwist
The mortal youth of Christ astride an ass.”
—Allen Tate (18991979)
“Then when he saw it could hold no more,
Bishop Hatto, he made fast the door;
And while for mercy on Christ they call,
He set fire to the barn and burnt them all.”
—Robert Southey (17741843)
“To eat bread is one thing; to love the precepts of Christ and resolve to obey them is quite another.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)