Messiah in Hebrew literally means an anointed one, as in a king (1 Samuel 24:6, 10), prophet (1 Kings 19:16) or priest (Leviticus 4:3, 5, 16; 6:22). The term is used in reference to God’s people as well (Psalm 105:15; 1 Chronicles 16:22). Most important is the usage of the term in reference to the Son of God (Psalm 2:2, 6-7; Matthew 16:16; 26:63; John 6:69), the Savior of the world (Habakkuk 3:13; Daniel 9:25) who is to rule as King over all the earth (Psalm 72:1-11; Isaiah 9:6-7; Psalm 110:1-4; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Zechariah 9:9-10; Daniel 7:13-14).
Prophecies of Messiah – Genesis 3:15: Crushing the serpent’s head
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Scripture declares this was fulfilled in Jesus.
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
1Jn 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1Jn 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
1Jn 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Love & the cross
Messiah triumphed over the adversary by His work on the cross.
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Christ on the cross is the revelation of God’s love.
The Father revealed what true love is when He gave His only begotten Son, who came from His bosom (John 1:18), as an atonement for the sins of mankind. The most common Hebrew word for love is אהבה ‘ahavah,’ which literally means to give.
What is the ultimate definition of love? Giving one’s life for another
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 15:13 Greater love than this has no one, that anyone should lay down his soul for his friends.
The pictograph meaning of אהב ‘ahav’ (love) displays this concept even further.
The first and last letters spell out the word for Father (אב ‘av’) and the middle letter is a picture of a man with outstretched arms. The Love of the Father is revealed through the Messiah on the cross, gathering all mankind back to their Creator.
Ancient Jewish thought applies Genesis 3:15 to the Messiah.
“Satan said before the Holy One, blessed be He, ‘Master of the World! The light which is hidden under your throne of Glory, for whom is it?’ He said to him, ‘For him who will turn you back and disgrace you, and shame your face.’ He (Satan) said to him, ‘Master of the World! Show him to me.’ He said to him, ‘Come and see him.’ When Satan saw the Messiah, he trembled and fell upon his face and said, ‘Surely this is the Messiah who in the future will cast me and all the princes of the nations of the world into Gehenna.’” [Pesiqta Rabbati page 161a]
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between the seed of thy son, and the seed of her sons; and it shall be when the sons of the woman keep the commandments of the law, they will be prepared to smite thee upon thy head; but when they forsake the commandments of the law, thou wilt be ready to wound them in their heel. Nevertheless for them there shall be a medicine, but for thee there will be no medicine; and they shall make a remedy for the heel in the days of the King Meshiha.”