There are so many people vying for your attention. As you may likely be reading this from farcebook or another internet platform, there are indeed many people advertising things you’re interested in, measured by the searches you’ve made on google; there are people trying to make you laugh; trying to seduce you, for money, or more, and there are people preaching to you.
Honestly, I too hope to get your attention, but for an entirely different reason. I have had a deep desire burning in me this week to share the GOOD NEWS of the Messiah, the Good News of the SALVATION of יהוה , The Creator God, with someone; anyone. I have had the great honor and pleasure of bringing people to the knowledge of their Savior, the Anointed Messiah of the God of Israel, in the gym more than in any other place. This week, as I have had some leisure time on my hands, I have kept myself alert, showed myself more friendly, and watched for that very opportunity. But, the gym is not like it used to be. My personal assessment is that earphones and telephones have ruined the social aspect of the gym, as well as COVID. Albeit, my gym is in the middle of a conservative bastion of INDEPENDENT thinkers, and there are precious few there who ‘fear’ the mania. Nonetheless, people have just changed in public. I could count it as due to the fact that I am an old man now; I’m a big guy, gray hair and beard, and foreboding stature, according to many. And that may indeed make me a mite less approachable. But, I know that the opportunity will arise, especially if I am asking for it.
I did tell Him in prayer this morning that I wish I were more outspoken and less introverted, and could just begin preaching to the whole public. I’m just not that guy, and He has not doused me in that Spirit yet. I have, however, been used in a one-on-one capacity many times over.
But, I decided at least to share a bit here about Messiah on this platform. More correctly, I was compelled to do so, from within. I’d like to attribute it to the unction of His Breath [Spirit/Word]. I suppose the reader will have to decide.
I came into my study and began to read the weekly reading portion from the Brit Khadasha/New Testament scriptures. This week is one of my MOST favorite passages of scripture. This is where the man, the SON of GOD, the Nazarene Jew in Israel 2,000 years ago, got down on his knees and prayed for those who would follow Him. He started first by simply acknowledging HIS FATHER:
“O Avi [MY FATHER], the hour has come; glorify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You, 2since You have given Him power over all flesh, so that to all whom You have given Him, He may give life eternal. 3And this is life eternal, that they might know You, that You are the only true Elohim, even the one who sent Yeshua HaMashi’akh [The Messiah]. 4I have already glorified You on the earth; for the work which You have given to me to do, I have finished. 5So now, O Avi, glorify me with You, with the same glory which I had with You before the world was made.” [John 17]
It is important to understand that Yeshua IS a MAN. He is indeed like NO OTHER MAN, but, He is A MAN. God, the CREATOR, whose Name is יהוה , [Yahweh], SENT this man into the world. Yeshua said this multiple times to the Jewish people, making CERTAIN they understood who HE said He was. “I proceeded forth and came OUT OF MY Father”. [John 8:42].
People today go around saying that “Jesus is god”; they do not understand who HE IS, if indeed they think that God, the CREATOR vacated His throne. If they indeed think that God DIED. Elohim/God is LIFE. HE CANNOT DIE!
The man, Yeshua, has a BODY, a HUMAN BODY; and that body DIED and was put into a tomb. The man, Yeshua, has a SOUL, a HUMAN SOUL, and that SOUL descended down into the “grave” or She’ol, the place of the dead. This knowledge was SO IMPORTANT, that it became the VERY FIRST GOSPEL MESSAGE EVER PREACHED. And NO ONE is declaring it today, apart from a precious few:
22Men of Yisra’el, hear these words: Yeshua HaNatzri, a man of Elohim, who appeared among you by miracles and signs and wonders which Elohim did by Him among you, as you yourselves know, 23this man, who was consecrated for this purpose by the foreknowledge and will of Elohim, you have delivered into the hands of wicked men, and you have executed and murdered Him, 24whom Elohim has raised up, having destroyed the pains of Mavet [the power of death], because it was not possible for She’ol [the place of the dead] to hold Him. 25For David said concerning Him [Messiah], ‘I saw יהוה always before me, for He is on my right hand, so that I should not be shaken; 26therefore my heart is comforted and my glory is exalted; even my body shall rest in hope, 27because you will not leave my soul in She’ol, neither will you suffer your Khasid [devout one] to see decay [His BODY]. [Acts 2]
Yeshua was praying, in our first passage above from Yokhanan/John chapter 17, and in the first words out of His mouth, on the night of His betrayal that would lead to execution, He first clarified HIS understanding of who HE was, showing His RELATIONSHIP with God His Father. For Himself? NO! For us! But, He was also preparing for what He was about to endure, asking His Father to GLORIFY HIM, which would happen when GOD HIS FATHER RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD.
Most people seem to teach this passively, saying, “He rose from the dead,” which is true; but, HIS FATHER is the one who RAISED HIM from the dead; unifying His soul with His body again, and invigorating His FLESH with LIFE. Yeshua made it abundantly clear that He was a RESURRECTED MAN on the evening after He was raised from the dead:
38Yeshua said to them, “Why do you tremble, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I; feel me and understand; for a spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40When He said these things, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41And as they still did not believe because of their joy, and they were bewildered, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave Him a portion of a broiled fish and of a honeycomb. 43And He took it and ate before their eyes. 44And He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you when I was with you, that everything must be fulfilled which is written in the Torah of Moshe, and in the Nevi’im, and in the Tehillim, concerning me.” 45Then He opened the eyes of their minds to understand the scriptures. [Luke 24]
I am praying that whoever reads this understands that Yeshua, whom most know as Jesus, was indeed a MAN, and He bore the execution of the worst kind as a criminal, though He was innocent. And God RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, as PROOF that He was indeed who HE said He was: THE SON OF GOD. God indeed raised Him up, and HAS glorified Him, just as Yeshua prayed that night 2,000 years ago.
So, why did He die?
Because every person is a sinner.
This has become trite in most minds. We do not see sin as did the Jewish people of 2,000 years ago. They looked into the Torah and saw that the Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, their fathers, did indeed require certain things. What they had forgotten, however, was that He required FAITH. They ‘thought’ that they could be righteous enough in and of themselves to save their own souls, and have eternal life thereby. They forgot that God, the Creator, is the one who ‘justifies’ a person, or, makes them ‘right’ before the court of Heaven, and thus grants them SALVATION.
It is by TRUST/FAITH:
And he [Abraham] trusted firmly in יהוה ; and He [ יהוה ] counted it to him for tzedaka [righteousness].” Gen 15:6
Righteousness before God means having the slate wiped clean. Being free of the guilt of one’s sin. This is the very reason Yeshua said He came, to SAVE us from our SINS.
“O Yosef, Ben David, [Joseph Son of David] do not be afraid to take your wife Miryam, because he that is to be born of her is of The Ru’akh HaKodesh [Sacred Breath/Spirit/Power]. 21She will give birth to a son, and you will call His Name יֵשׂוּעַ [Yeshua]; for He shall save His people from their sins.” [Mat 1]
Yeshua’s very name MEANS “Salvation”. That is the GOOD NEWS: that God will SAVE us from our SINS. Yeshua came to declare this very thing:
14But after Yokhanan was delivered up, Yeshua came to the Galil, declaring THE GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, 15and saying, “The time has come to an end, and the KINGDOM OF GOD is at hand; repent, and trust in THE GOOD NEWS.” [Mark 1]
Kefa/Peter clarified what exactly this was to the Jewish people in Acts 2:
36Therefore let all Beit Yisra’el know assuredly that Elohim has made this very Yeshua, whom you have executed, both יהוה and Mashi’akh.” 37When they heard these things, their hearts were sorrowful, and they said to Shimon [Peter] and the rest of the Shlikhim [Apostles], “Our brethren, what shall we do?” 38Then Shimon said to them, “Repent and be immersed, every one of you, in the Name of יהוה Yeshua, for the remission of sins, so that you may receive the gift of The Ru’akh HaKodesh [Holy Breath/Power of God]. 39For the promise was made to you and to your children, and for all of those who are far off, even as many as the very Elohim [GOD] shall call.” [Acts 2]
To ‘repent’ means to turn. In the JEWISH MIND, who all 3,000 of those who heard him that day were, REPENT means to RETURN TO GOD’s TORAH and be obedient. John wrote as much, and this is clearly seen in the GREEK version of the NT:
“Anyone who SINS breaks the Torah: indeed, sin IS being OUTSIDE OF THE TORAH.” 1 John 3:4
SALVATION is being freed from the impetus to do this ‘naturally’; to have a bent toward breaking His WORD. We are DELIVERED from the propensity to do this, and the POWER of God is put inside of us so as NOT TO DO THIS! NOT to go against HIS TORAH.
THAT is SALVATION itself.
Avraham trusted/believed in GOD, and God counted it as RIGHT STANDING with Himself; and THEN, ABRAHAM KEPT ALL THE COMMANDMENTS of GOD, as GOD HIMSELF testified concerning him:
5because that Avraham hearkened to My voice, and kept My charge, My Mitzvot, My Khukot, and My laws.” [Gen 26]
Yeshua told the Jewish religious leaders that they should do the same:
34Yeshua said to them, “Amein, Amein, I say to you, whoever commits sin [breaks Torah] is a servant of sin [breaking Torah, because he has no power not to]. 35And a servant does not remain in the house forever, but the son remains forever. 36If therefore The Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. 37I know you are the descendants of Avraham; but still you want to kill me, because you have no room in you for my WORD. 38I speak what I have seen with Avi; and you do what you have seen with your father.” 39They answered, saying to Him, “Our own father is Avraham.” Yeshua said to them, “If you were the sons of Avraham, you would be doing the works of Avraham.“
People do not realize and are not taught that the Jewish people had and still do teach that they can save themselves by works, because they are Jewish. They are not taught that the Jewish people made up their own commandments and REPLACED the commandments of God. And EVERY CHRISTIAN RELIGION DOES THE SAME THING!
No Sabbath, worship on Sunday.
No Sukkot, worship on Christmas.
No Passover, worship on Easter.
No holy sex life, sleep with whomever without guilt.
They say all these things, because they have abrogated His Torah, when Yeshua, the SON of God who came down from Heaven, said He did NOT come to do that:
17“Do not expect that I have come to nullify the Torah or the Prophets; I have not come to nullify it, but to confirm it. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one yod [smallest Hebrew letter], nor a stroke [of the pen] shall pass away from the Torah until everything comes to pass. 19Whoever therefore tries to nullify even one of these smallest commandments, and teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small in The Kingdom of Heaven; but anyone who observes and teaches them, he shall be regarded as great in The Kingdom of Heaven. 20For I say to you that unless your tzedaka exceeds that of the Sofrim and P’rushim, you shall not enter Malkhut HaShamayim.” [Mat 5]
Yeshua came and made the Name of יהוה His Father known, most especially in the sense of describing the CHARACTER and WILL of GOD to people, and LIVING it in front of them. Then, He PRAYED for US! Those of us whose eyes would be open to these SIMPLE TRUTHS!
20“I am not making request for these alone [Disciples], but also for the sake of those who trust in me through their word. 21So that they all may be one; just as You, Avi, are in me, and I am in You, that they also may be one in us; so that the world may believe that You did send me. 22And the glory which You gave me, I gave to them; so that they may be one just as we are one. 23I in them and You in me, that they may become perfected in one; so that the world may know that You did send me, and that You did love them just as You loved me.” 24“O Abba, I desire that those whom You have given me may also be with me where I am, so that they may see my glory which You have given me; for You have loved me before the foundation of the world. 25O Avi HaTzadik, the world did not know You, but I have known You; and these have known that You have sent me. 26And I have made Your Name known to them, and I am still making it known, so that the love with which You have loved me may be among them, and I may be in them.” 
And Yeshua finished praying with those words, and then was arrested, and died, because only by DYING as a SACRIFICE for YOUR SINS [breaking Torah] against GOD could God give you perfect forgiveness, and the promise of ETERNAL LIFE.
The entire community of faith in God and in Yeshua is NOT unified; those who TRUST that Yeshua is the SON OF GOD, and that GOD SENT HIM, and that HE is our SALVATION from OURSELVES, we are indeed “EKHAD”, UNIFIED with the FATHER and with the SON.
If you have been confused, I hope this has opened someone’s eyes. If you have questions, please write to us: email@example.com .
SALVATION is by NO OTHER ONE but YESHUA, the SON of God, who has been exalted to stand at the RIGHT HAND of the CREATOR IN HEAVEN, and given His Name:
“O Av Kadosh [Holy Father], protect them in Your Name, which You have given me, that they may be one, even as we are.” [17:11]
36Therefore let all Beit Yisra’el know assuredly that Elohim has made this very Yeshua, whom you have executed, both יהוה and Mashi’akh.” [Acts 2]
“Every tongue shall confess that He, Yeshua HaMashi’akh, is יהוה , to the glory of Elohim His Father.” [Phil 2:11]