I thought it would be good to give Theosophy's view of who the Messiah might be. But first I must acknowledge that there are both Christians and non-Christians who are Theosophists, and there are Christian Theosophists (and even non-Christian Theosophists) who disagree with my ideas on this topic. Theosophy acknowledges that Gautama Buddha was a great teacher, and that Gautama has a special status among the leaders of the world. Some Theosophists (but not all Theosophists) think Jesus may have been a reincarnation of Maitreya, who will be our next Buddha thousands of years in the future. According to the theory, Maitreya/Jesus came to establish Christianity merely as a foundation for establishing an even greater religion in the future, when he returns. In this way, even non-Theosophists are willing to consider the idea that Jesus/Maitreya might be the Messiah, even if he is not a deity. (Some Theosophists feel there is no reason to assume the Messiah is or will be a deity.) Of course there are some Theosophists who disagree with this theory. There is another theory. Gautama Buddha was the fourth Buddha, and Vairocana was the first Buddha. It is said that Vairocana may also reincarnate again on earth one day, so the idea of a Messiah may refer to Vairocana not Maitreya.