The term Messiah is Hebrew and means ‘anointed one’.
This is a title given to the person believed to be the saviour, who has been chosen to bring salvation to humankind
The term ‘anointed one’ is used in both Christianity and Judaism. Christians believe that the Messiah was sent by God to save humanity.
Throughout the New Testament there is evidence of Jesus as the chosen one through his resurrection from the dead and the miracles he performed. The Messiah was sent to save humanity, and this salvation came about through his death and resurrection.
In Matthew’s Gospel (16:13-17), Peter declares Jesus as the Messiah:
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.Matthew 16:13-17
Through this statement Jesus is confirmed as the Messiah. In other words, he is confirmed as the chosen one who was sent to do God’s will.
Although Jesus never explicitly claimed to be the Messiah, the writers of the Gospels suggested he was.