The terms “Messiah” (of Hebrew origin) and “Christ” (of Greek origin) mean the same thing: “the Anointed One,” which refers to the great royal descendant that God had promised to King David. (I will use the term “Messiah” throughout the rest of this post, but I could have just as easily used “Christ.” Therefore, you may mentally substitute one for the other as you read through.) Here then are verses from the Gospel according to Matthew wherein the term “Messiah” is mentioned:
Matthew 1:1, 16, 17, 18 (Matthew identifies Jesus as the Messiah)
Matthew 2:4 (King Herod asks the religious leaders where the Messiah was to be born.)
Matthew 11:2 (Matthew writes of John the Baptist hearing about “the works of Christ,” meaning the miracles that Jesus was performing.)
Matthew 16:16 (Peter famously confesses to Jesus, “You are the Messiah.”)
Matthew 16:20 (Jesus instructs his disciples not to reveal his messianic identity, which was not to be proclaimed until he had been raised from the dead.)
Matthew 22:42 (Jesus confronts the Pharisees with their inability to explain how David could refer to the Messiah as Lord, since the Messiah would be a descendant of David. The explanation, of course, would come soon enough in Jesus’ resurrection.)
Matthew 23:10 (Jesus tells his disciples not to be called leaders for that role is reserved for the Messiah.)
Matthew 24:5, 23, 24 (Jesus warns his disciples that false messiahs will appear as the movement in his name grows.)
Matthew 26:63 (At Jesus’ trial, the high priest asks him if he is the Messiah.)
Matthew 26:68 (Mockers sarcastically call Jesus the Messiah.)
Matthew 27:21-22 (Pontius Pilate asks the Jewish crowd whether they want him to release Barabbas or “Jesus who is called Messiah.”)
Again, “Messiah” and “Christ” are interchangeable words. Their meaning is identical.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.