The Hebrew word mashiach (משיח) means ‘anointed one.’ According to biblical law, kings and high priests are to be anointed with oil, which symbolizes their designation for their holy positions. In Hebrew, the Messiah is referred to as the Mashiach, as he will be a king who is anointed for this holiest of roles. He will lead the Jewish people and bring peace and justice to the entire world. We pray for, and eagerly await, his coming each and every day.
Source: Israel in the News