"I who speak to you am he." (John 4:26)

This statement by Jesus came after the Samaritan woman said:
“I know that messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” (John 4:25)

Is Jesus the Messiah?

Let’s carefully consider the topic of the Messiah - translated from the Greek word Μεσσίας (messias). According to many sectarian interpretations of scripture, the Messiah is someone who comes in the future to save the faithful (i.e., those faithful to their respective organizations).

According to the Jewish interpretation, Jesus was not the Messiah, and the Messiah - the next Prophet - still has yet to come. According to sectarian interpretation, Jesus was the Messiah, yet Jesus still has to come again to save the faithful. So both of these doctrines still leave the Messiah's coming to one day in the future.

The key question to ask on this issue is why would God – the most Powerful Being in all of existence – only be able to produce one messiah for all of humanity? Is God impotent?

And why would God have to make everyone wait for the one messiah? If He could send another messiah, why hasn’t He? Does God not care about us? Does God not want us to return home to Him? If so, why would all of His believers have to wait for thousands of years for the one Messiah to come (or come again)?

The answer is that this philosophy about there being one messiah is hogwash. It is simply a rumor spread by those who have no authority. It is speculation spread by those who simply want to act like they have God’s authority, but actually, don’t.

So let's dispel this erroneous doctrine, using scripture as our guide:

What does Messiah mean?

The Greek word used in this verse is mεσσίας (messias) - used only twice in the Bible, here and in John 1:41 - which means "anointed one" according to the Greek lexicon.

We find a clear description of the meaning of "anointed" and "anointed one" as we review the Biblical texts:
[God speaking] "Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve Me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue for all generations to come." (Exodus 40:15)
[God speaking] "This is the offering Aaron and his sons are to bring to the Lord on the day he is anointed: a tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a regular grain offering, half of it in the morning and half in the evening." (Lev. 6:20)
He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head and anointed him to consecrate him. (Lev 8:12)
The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments. (Lev 16:32)
He must stay there until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the holy oil. (Num 35:25)
[God speaking] "I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in My heart and mind. I will firmly establish his house, and he will minister before My anointed one always." (1 Samuel 2:35)
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed stands here before the Lord." (1 Samuel 16:6)
[God speaking] "Do not touch My anointed ones; do my prophets no harm." (1 Chron. 16:22)
[David's prayer, referring to himself as anointed] "O Lord God, do not reject your anointed one. Remember the great love promised to David Your servant." (2 Chron. 6:42)
[David glorifying God and referring to himself] "He gives His king great victories; He shows unfailing kindness to His anointed, to David and his descendants forever." (Psalm 18:50)
[David glorifying God and referring to himself] The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for His anointed one. (Psalm 28:8)
[God, referring to David] "I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him." (Psalm 89:20)
[Isaiah, glorifying God and referring of himself] "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners..." (Isaiah 61:1)
[an angel of God, speaking of Zerubbabel and Zechariah] So he said, "These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth." (Zechariah 4:14)
[Jesus, speaking of himself] "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed..." (Luke 4:14)
Thus we can conclude that God's anointed one is a person who has become a loving servant of God, someone God has empowered to represent Him and teach others. We can see that God considered all the prophets as anointed. He considered the priests to be anointed. He considered those who He sent to teach others as anointed.

Why would "anointed one" be used in a singular fashion then, such as in:
"The Lord is the strength of His people, a fortress of salvation for His anointed one." (Psalm 28:8)
Is David speaking of some person in the future? No, David is speaking of himself, in the singular:
Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on Your anointed one. (Psalm 84:9)
But You have rejected, you have spurned, You have been very angry with Your anointed one. (Psalm 89:38)

Is Messiah a role and not an individual?

We can see here that David is referring to himself as "anointed one" as if the "anointed one" is a role, title, or position.

Let's use an example. Let's say that a military person has undergone the training and schooling, and has been given the title of "captain."

This person is now addressed as "captain" by both superiors and subordinates. He might also refer to himself to those superiors or subordinates as "your captain," or even "the captain." (e.g., "I am the captain," he says to his soldiers.) Does this mean that there is only one "captain" in the military? Certainly not. There are many who hold the position of "captain," and many in the past have also held the position of "captain."

At the same time, however, there is only one "captain" in any particular unit, and that "captain" is in charge of the unit. Therefore, anyone in the unit can refer to the captain as "the captain" and everyone else will know precisely who he is referring to.

But if someone outside of the unit referred to "the captain," now that would be confusing, because which unit's captain were they referring to?

This is the same issue that has occurred in scripture, and why some have inferred that there is only one messiah (anointed one).

“Messiah” can also mean “savior.” This specifically refers to the pure loving servant of God who is empowered as a messenger from God to teach us about God. They have been empowered by God to save us, in other words.

A messiah is a position, not a specific person. God has sent many messiahs. Each age and generation has had a messiah, and sometimes multiple messiahs may be walking the earth at the same moment.

The sign of a messiah is one who has humbled themselves before another messiah (as confirmed above in 1 Samuel 2:35), and has learned at the feet of such a messiah (a confidential loving servant of God who themselves also learned at the feet of a confidential loving servant of God). Should this student sincerely learn and apply the teachings of their messiah, they can establish their own confidential relationship with God. Once that relationship is established, God may empower that person to become His representative to others. This representative of God now becomes the messiah to those whom they teach.

We can see this process in action during the life of Jesus. We see how Jesus taught his disciples and students, and confided with them about God. Then after some time he instructed them to teach to others:
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. But be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matt. 10:16-20)
The last sentence describes God's mechanism of how He communicates through His empowered representatives.

Now why would Jesus tell his students to go out and teach if he were the one and only messiah or savior for humanity? Why would he send his students out to preach if he was saving the entire human race with his crucifixion, or by his coming back sometime in the future?

As we compare this statement by Jesus with the statement by Jesus about himself in Luke 4:14 (above), we can see the pattern. We also see this same pattern in John the Baptist's preaching, and in the many prophets before. They all taught about God, and taught that their serious students also go out and teach the same teachings. They were all God's messengers, and thus messiahs.

Quite simply, we can see that Jesus is showing his students how they can also become representatives of God. They can also, like Jesus, become an instrument for God to speak through. This also means they would be able to save people: they would, as long as they followed Jesus' instructions, also become saviors or messiahs.

What is the Messiah's purpose?

He is a person who has a confidential relationship with God, and introduces us to God, and with that introduction (through their teachings), we become saved.

The legend of some future one and only messiah has been promulgated by those teachers who are not anointed. They have not been empowered by God. Instead, they have been elected by councils of men. Thus their teachings are political in nature. They do not represent God, so they must make up an interpretation that somehow gives their organization some exclusive right or power. They have to present their organization as the exclusive means to reach God.

The problem becomes, how do they create this exclusive access? They must create a future icon who is supposedly going to come in the future. This gives them the ability to fabricate exclusivity. This gives them the ability to say that once the messiah comes he will only be picking those who have joined this organization.

Consider the consequences of this future one and one messiah: What has happened for all those billions of people over the centuries who have come and gone (and even joined the organization) while humanity waits for the Messiah to come (or come again)? Have they just missed the boat? Or are they all just waiting in some kind of gigantic “waiting room” for that magical day to come?

The speculative idea that everyone get held in some kind of waiting room (or “purgatory” as the Catholics like to call it) after death is just that: speculation.

When the spirit (the person) leaves the physical body at death, we will move on. In most cases, this will mean a new physical body according to their consciousness and past activities. Typically there is a period of reflection on the previous life and some learning experiences between our physical incarnations. These add to the learning experiences of our physical lifetimes.

God loves us. He wants us to come home. He is constantly sending His messengers (messiahs) to gather up those who are seeking Him from every generation.

And the day of judgment spoken of in scripture is the day each of our bodies dies. Each of us will be judged for our lifetime in the body. At that moment we will face the judgment of our Maker, and face the consequences of our activities within this lifetime.

At the same time, each of us has an opportunity to come home at any time. We simply have to make the decision. God is waiting for us, out of love and compassion. If we make the decision to come home to Him, God will arrange for us to meet His representative, who will re-introduce us to Him.

Does God require exclusivity?

The real representative of God does not fabricate exclusivity. Why? Because the empowered representative of God doesn't need to. God's representatives do not teach exclusive means to access God. They teach that any one of us can turn to God and access Him at any time.

This is because God does not require exclusivity. Any of us can pray to God and thus access Him at any time.

Yes, the most efficient way to discover more about God from within this physical world is from someone who already has a loving relationship with God. Knowing more about God is critical. Love of God requires that we establish a relationship, and we cannot love someone we do not know.

But there is no need to panic. Each of us also has a spiritual guide outside this world who is helping guide us back to the Supreme Being. We can speed this process through humble prayer. The Supreme Being can reveal Himself to us as He wishes, relative to our sincerity. He is never restricted.

Yes, it is true that there aren't many who walk this planet who have established an intimate loving relationship with God. This is because the physical world is the place where those who don't want to be with God go. So those who love and worship God are precious in this world. We should learn all we can from them.

One who sincerely seeks to return home and renew our lost loving relationship with the Supreme Being should seek Him from within our hearts. God will guide us towards Him and utilize guides as He considers appropriate.