Messiah Late in the period of the Old Testament the ISRAELITES began looking for Messiah, ‘the anointed one’, the great king who would be their liberator and SAVIOR (Daniel 9:25–26). His coming had been foreshadowed as early as the time of ADAM and EVE. In the New Testament era, the term Christ is equivalent to Messiah. Jesus was accepted by many as the Messiah in DAVID’s royal line, but others chose not to believe that he was the REDEEMER God had promised. Christians accept Jesus as the Messiah, the one anointed by God as the Savior; most JEWS do not accept Jesus as the Messiah.
One of the great works of SACRED MUSIC is MESSIAH, by George Frederick HANDEL. It presents great prophetic passages from the Old Testament, then uses New Testament texts to present the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.
Mark D. Taylor, The Complete Book of Bible Basics (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2005), 216.