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The attestation of a is weak and inconsistent, but the word order addressing Christ Jesus is very unusual and occurs only here in the entire NT. Grammatically, ὁ Ἰησοῦς is an apposition of the preceding ὁ Χριστός. All the other variants may be seen as normalizations of a.
Apart from a, two other variants, c and e, qualify as potentially initial readings due to their attestations. The c attestation has two large strands, one of which has several A-related witnesses at its top while the other one consists of late Byzantine witnesses. The majority attestation is split. The Kr strand, genealogically deriving from c, supports d. There are seven parallels for ὁ χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς in the NT, including three in Acts.
Finally, variant e is supported by several A-related witnesses. This word order is very familiar from the Pauline Letters and may have led to the omission of the articles here.