Matthew 16:16

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Christ means “Anointed One”. Jesus was never anointed (so far as we know) with oil by a levitical priest. However, he was anointed by Mary of Bethany. It was a loving gesture–one so beautiful that Christ promised that it would always be remembered wherever the gospel was preached. But the bittersweet fact is that the love was a haunting foreshadow of just what Christ was anointed to be: Priest after the order of Melchizedek–and Victim. Our anointing from the Holy Spirit is a call to walk in his steps all the way to the cross–and with the Anointed One to resurrection.

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