What Child is This?

by Derek Gentle

"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" Luke 2:11

Hebrews 1:1-3, 8-9

Introduction -

Christ/Messiah=Anointed One

Anointing consisted of pouring oil over the head of a person being inaugurated into an office, symbolizing the enabling of the Holy Spirit given for the task.

". . . The high priest who was anointed with the holy oil" Numbers 35:25

"Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him [David] in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that forward. . ." 1st Samuel 16:13

Three kinds of leaders in the Old Testament were anointed, prophets, priest, and kings:


". . . Elisha . . . you shall anoint as prophet in your place" 1st Kings 19:16


"And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister to Me as priests" Exodus 30:30


"There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, 'Long live King Solomon'" - 1st Kings 1:34

Jesus is:

1. Anointed as Prophet vs. 1-2

To tell us about God

A. In Fulfillment of Prophecy

"The Lord your God shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear" - Deuteronomy 18:15

(1) Mighty in word and deed. (Acts 7:22)

(2) Carried out functions of a prophet and a priest also.

(3) Delivered his people from bondage.

(4) Announced the terms of the Old/New Covenant.

(5) Both were delivered from a violent death in infancy.

B. As the Ultimate Messenger vs. 2

Showing God's Desire to make Himself known.

C. Jesus Was Not Only the Messenger, but also the Message. vs. 1-2

2. Anointed as Priest vs. 3

To Bring Us to God

Two duties of Priests:

(1) Offering Sacrifices vs. 3
By being both Priest and Sacrifice

(2) Intercession

"Therefore He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He ever lives to make intercession for them" - Hebrews 7:25
He "sat down" (1:3), His priestly work completed.

3. Anointed as King vs. 8-9, 13

To Rule us as God Jesus:

A. Rules as God vs. 8

B. Is Both Ruler and Ruled vs. 9, 5:8

C. Is Waiting for His Rule to Consumated vs. 13