|Does the Tanakh reveal that Yeshua was, is, and will be the Jewish Messiah?|
The question regarding Yeshua as the crucified Jewish Messiah has been denied and strongly refuted by the
followers of Judaism since the crucifixion of Yeshua by the Romans in
approximately 29 A.D. However, as we all know, the denial or
acceptance of any historical figure does not render its subject myth nor
man. The only relative foundation for the existence of any religious
faith or expression must come from the Divine Scriptures which are set
forth and established as the only known absolute truth, the
It was, is, and will continue to be, a common occurrence among many people to wrongly interpret God's Divine Plan for man. In most part this error is caused by long held traditional beliefs, lack of faith and motivation, or simply a failure to study and search God's Word for His divine truth. We are ALL, both men and women, compelled and obligated as God's creation
to seek out and determine what God's will is for our lives and then to fulfill this will. Let us never forget, our time and physical presence on this earth is limited.
Scripture teaches us that Yeshua was and is to make two primary appearances to God's chosen people, Israel. In His first appearance to the Jews, Yeshua took upon Himself the characteristics of a meek and lowly servant who would pay the ultimate sacrifice for the redemption of both Jews and Gentiles alike. Yeshua's second appearance to Israel is to be that of a mighty king leading legions of angels and believers to the tribulation rescue of His chosen people.
It was God's plan to offer salvation to the Jews first, then to the Gentiles, "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 15:24). This was in keeping God's earlier promise to Abraham that, "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:1-3).
"And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice" (Genesis 22:18).
This blessing is eternal life resulting from the blood atonement sacrifice made by Yeshua, not only for the Jews, but for all mankind. "And she (Mary) shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: (Yeshua) for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
Apostle Paul continued this teaching of the Abrahamic covenant by stating, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16). "Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good,
to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God" (Romans 2:9-11).
It must be understood, whenever Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit and sinned against God's direct commandment in the Garden of Eden, (Genesis 3:6) their actions immediately invoked upon all human life, because all generations were still in Adam's loins, the unavoidable, predetermined curse of the Creator. Man had of his own FREE-WILL chosen to allow Satan to enter into his eternal soul and spirit. This resulted in a presence of satanic
power of which man had/has no strength nor ability to expel. Adam and Eve's first attempt to cover their sins was, "And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons" (Genesis 3:7).
Man's attempt to cover his sin with a sacrifice of plant material was rebuffed by God. "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them" (Genesis 3:21). This was the first recorded shedding of blood in Scripture. "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no
remission" (Hebrews 9:22). Whenever Cain tried to sacrifice vegetables unto God rather than a blood offering, his sacrifice was rejected. However, the blood offering of Cain's brother, Abel, was acceptable to God, but resulted in his murder by his jealous brother Cain (Genesis 4:1-8).
Under the Mosaic Law, and even today, we are commanded by God, "Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or beast, in any of your dwellings" (Leviticus 7:26). "For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the
life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off" (Leviticus 17:14).
God has made it perfectly clear that mankind is in a fallen condition and in need of forgiveness of his sins. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Seeing that man is unable to forgive his own sins, then there must be someone with the power and resources to buy back from Satan that in which Adam and Eve so freely gave away. What did
Adam and Eve forfeit to Satan? Mankind's ability to stand before his Creator with a clear conscience having an innocent and righteous presence.
As such, there is a problem. The Bible teaches that one soul is worth more than, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26). Then it becomes evident that mankind is unable to pay the overwhelming price for the redemption of his soul. If the shedding of blood of bulls and other animals was only a temporary solution, and even
much less valuable, then what hope have we? "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year" (Hebrews 10:1-3).
Thus our omnipotent God predestined an eternal plan of redemption. "I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting" (Isaiah 50:6). These were the prophetic events that were to surround Yeshua at his blood atonement sacrifice. "Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands" (Matthew 26:67). "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (redeemed from sin). All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth" (Isaiah 53:5-7).
"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the SECOND time without sin unto salvation" (Hebrews 9:28).
In today's world of ideals we are faced with many choices. The manner in which we as individuals conduct ourselves is ultimately determined by our beliefs. Some of the things we are asked to believe are: we evolved from monkeys, we can approach God by following religious rituals and laws, there is no God and mankind controls all destiny, or we can accept the freedom and promises of salvation offered by the sacrificial gift of Yeshua.
I ask, if after you have truthfully reviewed the alternatives, which prevails as the most common sense approach?