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Mazel Tov!

    In this brief introduction of Yeshua, Jesus, our Messiah, we search for what Abraham Joshua Heschel writes in his book, “Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion.” He writes about the “expectedness of meaning” and notes, “the certainty of whatever exists must be worthwhile, that whatever is real must be compatible with a thought, is at the root of all our thinking, feeling and volition. It is the reason’s oracle of axiom on its vindications we stake all that we possess.” 

 We Search for Some 

 Intrinsic Quality!

     He states: “we search for some intrinsic quality that would, in reality, exhibit its significance, we are sure that the hidden and unknown will never turn out to be absurd or meaningless.” (Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion,  Noonday Press.)  Heschel’s words define our quest here, for that intrinsic quality that exhibits significance. When we find it, we discover an axiom that we will stake all that we possess.   

     Secondly: Something that we discover may not be compatible with our thinking, but wholly compatible with our Scriptures; Yeshua was human and yet divine. At this moment, you may wish to STOP!  But wait a moment! Although this concept is hard to receive as a Jew, let’s first shed another light upon it before your mind is made up. Let’s learn what Judaism has to say. And as we begin our journey, think of the preparation taken in traveling to a new place; we diligently read about its historical and cultural history, so one understands more when they arrive. In the way, we are preparing for a deeply spiritual and historical journey, but one more profound than any historical place that one could visit.

 

Let’s Start

     We first confront the long-held principle in Judaism of redemption. Generally, it is not a topic among Jews of our modern day. Yet the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has set the plan of salvation or redemption since creation preserved it in an entire book in our Torah, Leviticus. So important was it that it had been found throughout the Torah (First Five Books), the Tanakh (the entire Old Testament), and confirmed by the later Jewish writers of the Brit Chadasha (New Testament.) Yet, Judaism maintains that these later Jewish writings, or the New Testament, or Brit Chadasha, cannot apply to any Jewish dialogue, let alone on Jewish Messianic beliefs or such principles as redemption. We also set this aside for now as we will return to this later. Because we are first looking for truth or the Emet, and something that immediately comes into focus is that . . . 

 The Whole Bible

 Is Jewish!

    The authors of the Bible, both the former and latter, are joined together by one unifying thread, Judaism. Matthew or Levi was a Jewish Tax Collector. Paul was a Jewish scholar raised under the most prominent Rabbis of his day. He was also an ardent former Pharisee. All were observant Jews, just as we would find them in any Orthodox and Conservative communities of today.  Paul, or Rav Shaul, one of our Messiah's earliest pioneers, lived a long-standing life in our traditions, Biblical Feasts and Holidays. So, the later writings of Rav Shaul Paul, together with an entire book dedicated to Jews and Judaism (the book of Hebrews), encompasses 26 other books of Jewish import to consider.    

 

While Judaism is the foundation upon which Christianity came forth, there is no need to depart from the Old Testament to find our Jewish Messiah, even though our final Jewish writings (the New Testament) is replete with recorded fulfillments that correlate with hundreds of earlier prophecies.  In fact, these Scriptures are as Jewish as the former, the Tanakh. They form a complete covenantal story that is wholly Jewish from cover to cover.  

     Woven throughout our Tanakh (Old Testament) are prophecies of “The Coming One.  See Prophecies and Fulfillment.  As it was prophesied, He came to forewarn those whom He loved, the Jewish people, so that they would not miss the blessed opportunity. After all, two thousand years ago, the Jewish people knew that the Messiah would come and fulfill the writings of the prophets at that exact time in history. Jewish Messianic hope looked to one that would give hope and bring Shalom, peace. 

Yeshua Gave More Than 

Anyone Could Have Imagined!

     

     Upon Messiah’s coming two thousand years ago, the right relationship to G-d was restored, not only for the Jewish people but all humanity.  Second, the Jewish people were always expected to impart to the goyim (nations) the principles of the One True G-d. And it was G-d’s design that both would come to a knowledge of the Jewish Messiah.  Most importantly, our Messiah released us from the burdensome task of an unending sacrificial system that is impossible to carry on. To know Mashiach then requires not observing Mitzvot, good deeds, sacrifices, or giving a portion of our income to Tzedakah. Although these are honorable for Jewish people, they are not required to come to know our Messiah or to achieve right standing before G-d.   Through Mashiach, one does not need to go to a Rabbi to learn the Torah and other Scriptures from our Tenakh. A child could even understand the Messiah’s words.

    This is what Jeremiah, one of our most important Jewish prophets, said in chapter 31; “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my Torahתּוֹרָה in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their G-d, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord, ’because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” Through Mashiach, G-d would plant within His people the heart, spirit, and understanding of the Torah. This would come about by and through the indwelling and living Torah. Our people would then find the true way, which is the true meaning of Torah תּוֹרָה‎‎. 

Through the Lens of

Jewish Writings

                                            

   As we discover Messiah’s life through the lens of our Jewish writings, humanity could never have brought the endless stream of proofs perfectly joined together over a period of hundreds of hears, if in fact, He was not the prophesied one.  On the contrary, over the course of events in Jewish history, an individual is discovered that can be nothing less than supernatural when given his birth, life, and death. We find ourselves once again challenged to the core as Jews. But something else will dawn upon us. 

 

    Two thousand years ago, in Jerusalem, thousands of Jewish people found that intrinsic quality was noted earlier of great significance. “All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"[1] Then in historical Davidic fashion, we have these marvelous words in Psalm 110:1; “The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."  

     Further, the Torah, the Prophets, Holy Days, and Sabbath days are not obsolete when coming to Mashiach? No! It is observed that we can pass them from one generation to the next. Jewish belief in Mashiach is as Jewish as Matzo Ball Soup and Gefilte fish. Accepting the Jewish Messiah never alters the fact that we remain Jewish. After all, Messiah was Jewish! 

  •      In every way, Yeshua was raised Jewish! 

  •      He lived a Jewish life! 

  •      His purpose in coming was first to His own Jewish people! 

     Again and again, our adventure challenges Jewish tradition. But as traditions are vitally important to our people and represent the transmission of important customs and beliefs, it isn’t always based upon the facts as we would assume. 

Yeshua’s 

Unusual Birth   

 Many Messiah types have come and gone. However, none has transformed the world as Yeshua, and none was spoken of with exact accuracy hundreds of years before His birth. None died and rose according to the Jewish prophets, nor born to such supernatural and unprecedented occurrences!   According to our Jewish writings, our Mashiach would be called Messiah, Prophet, Priest, King, Lord, Judge, and Immanuel! [2] One of our major prophets of Judaism, Yeshayahu (Isaiah), prophesied that Mashiach would be conceived to a virgin. This is a pretty supernatural event alone. Here are his words; “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel [Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18,25; Luke 1: 26-38.) 

      It might be hard to believe, but isn’t it true that all Jewish history is difficult to comprehend?  What I mean to say is. 

  •       Only by faith (Emunah אמונה), and belief, do we embrace our Torah wholly,

           along with the supernatural deliverances of our people. 

  •       The parting of the Red Sea!

  •       The oil that lasted eight days!

  •       The manna in the wilderness!

  •       The plagues against Egypt!

  •       The favor that Esther received from a King.

  •       What about the rebirth of our nation in 1948 following thousands of years of wandering? Wasn’t that an extraordinary miracle? 

Jewish History Is 

Supernatural 

    So, at what point in our history, past, present, and future, do we stop believing in the miraculous?   Hence, a virgin birth is as supernatural as the entire comprehensive narrative of our people. Even upon His coming, a messenger of G-d, according to Malachi 3:1, prophesied of his coming hundreds of years earlier. Take John the Baptist, who was a member of an Orthodox community called the Essenes, and came to be known as the Qumran community. 

     Throughout the vast selection of our Jewish Scriptures, hundreds of Messianic prophecies extend over hundreds of years. Yet their fulfillment is found only in one person, whose short thirty-year life span proved in every way that he was our Messiah, Yeshua HaMaschiah.  In the last three years of the Messiah’s life, the most compelling promises and prophecies were fulfilled. All other religious leaders have had to live out their entire lives to establish their religion, some generations after. None were spoken of hundreds of years before they were born, like Yeshua. None Accomplished what He did. Only our Messiah was the only one that entered and left this world through such extraordinary and supernatural means, leaving behind an unending presence on the world in only 3 ½ years. 

     Finally, no other than Yeshua became the subject of Old Testament prophecies that point exclusively to Him. He alone accomplished the Jewish writers, as they carefully pointed to the person, whose words, and works cane to prove that he was the genuine Mashiach. 

Yeshua’s Time 

of Birth

     One of the most extraordinary aspects of Mashiach was His time of birth. In no other time in history could He have been born. In 70 AD, when the temple was destroyed, all the genealogical records were destroyed as well. Following, no determination would ever be possible to validate one's Messianic claims and its important lineage. Miraculously, this very event was predicted in the first book of the Torah, Genesis 49:10, which affirmed this; “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.”   Therefore, the Messiah had to arrive before Judah's scepter departed after the Jewish people were scattered throughout the diaspora when they also lost their national prominence and status. 

Yeshua’s Place 

of Birth

    A third unusual aspect of the Messiah was his birth; He must be born in Bethlehem.  Consider that Yosef, or Joseph, Yeshua's father, was not even from Bethlehem when Miriam, or Mary, conceived Yeshua. Neither had he any intention of going to Bethlehem at such an important time in her pregnancy.  G-d Foretold that Mashiach would be born in that very town. In other words, He foreknew the events that would bring that couple to that very city, just like He foreknew the day Moses would deliver our people from Egypt or when our people would return to the Promised Land. 

      Miriam, after giving birth, could never have imagined the visitors that she would receive. This was prophesied in Psalms 72:10,11, that kings and world dignitaries would one day bow down and serve Him; “And let all kings bow down before him, all nations serve him.”  The Magi who came that day brought gifts to Miriam and Yosef, and their newborn baby. After traveling a great distance, they confirmed the prophecy just by them coming to pay homage to the Messiah. Even Herod’s spiritual advisors warned the king of what threat was born at that time. 

     Another prophecy was fulfilled by escaping to Egypt as spoken of in Hosea 11:1, "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt, I called my son.” Then upon receiving word of Herod’s death, Yosef and his family returned to Israel and settled in Nazareth, where He was raised as a Nazarene; “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jessie from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1.)

 Yeshua’s Jewish

 Training

   Another important fact about Yeshua is that He grew up like any other “Jewish” child born to simple observant “Jewish” parents. Yet He had no distinctive characteristics that brought attention to Him at that time. One unique characteristic is that he was already respected as a scholar of the Torah as a young boy.  At a young age, He enjoyed discussing with the Rabbi and religious leaders the scriptures. One writer wrote of Him at the time, “he was wise beyond His years and amazed them at His understanding and breadth of knowledge" (Luke 2:41-52.)    As Yeshua was preparing for His Bar Mitzvah, Miriam and Yosef brought Him to the Beit Hamikdash (Temple) at the time; this was a mitzvah to be fulfilled by all observant Jews. There he would be trained in the Hebrew Scriptures and Jewish practices. Yeshua, of course, took it seriously because of His love for G-d.

      

     When it came time for Yeshua to begin His earthly work to the House of Israel, He went to His cousin Yochanan (John) to undergo Mikvah (immersion.)  He was being immersed, Adonai spoke over His Son, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”A dove, symbolizing the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), descended upon Yeshua, thus immersing him in water and the Spirit, thereby giving Him the blessing to begin to go forth and preach the good news.  He was called a “Son,” which brings us back to our first statement earlier in this book; Yeshua is the only human being that is a man and yet G-d at the same time. 

    For this reason, He never sinned, even when He was under the most trying of circumstances. No human being has ever lived his life without sin. Only Mashiach had the power to refrain from sin to live a life of complete obedience to Abba Father. No other Rabbi, past, or present, has ever lived this way or will do so in the future. On this basis alone, one is compelled to ponder one prophecy upon another to search our Torah for our Messiah.

Mashiach, 

Yeshua’s Work

     Another unusual aspect of His life is that historically, many were looking for a Mashiach who would rule with an iron fist to cleanse the land of paganism and idolatry by driving out the Roman inhabitants of the land. G-d, however, chose to bring redemption in an unsuspecting way through an unsuspecting vessel. And every aspect of His arrival, life, and suffering was a complete fulfillment of the Jewish writings. Yeshayahu, Isaiah, spoke accurately of the Coming One. He would bring Tikkun O lam (repair to the world) by healing the brokenhearted, opening the blind eyes, bringing hope to the hopeless, and lightening the Gentiles. 

     Mashiach would not enter Jerusalem, preceded by an army and cavalry of horses. Only on a lowly donkey with few at His side. He entered the Holy City of Jerusalem according to the writings of the prophets (Zechariah 9:9.) "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”  He would preach the good news (essentially Torah) and seek and save those that have lost their way from Torah. He predicted that He would begin his ministry work in Galilee, to the very people He came to redeem, but they would reject Him (John 1:11.)  

     Throughout his brief ministry life, Yeshua spent much of His time teaching in parables as foretold in Tehilim (Psalms 78 and Matityahu, Matthew 13.) He astounded the leaders of the time with the way He spoke with wisdom and authority. Upon seeing the disgrace of what had become of the Temple court with a market and place of business, Mashiach fulfilled another prophecy from Malachi 3, when he purified it from all of the moneychangers, which was also recorded in Matityahu 21. Take, for example, His grand entrance into Yerushalayim or what Christian tradition observes as Palm Sunday. Throngs of Jews greeted Him with psalms and songs of praise (a kingly greeting).  Thousands of Jewish people were also engrossed with the tradition of selecting their special lamb-sacrifice for Passover. If our ancestors had only known the significance of this Lamb, Yeshua, how different would this story be told!  

Yeshua’s Death &

Resurrection

 Something profound and beyond any attempt to understand is the resurrection of Yeshua, our Messiah. Here again, we find ourselves in the supernatural construct of Jewish Messianism—We cannot escape it!  Consider the fact.  No person in history has ever had his entire life predicted to such an extent as Yeshua’s. Even his death was predicted. When we read the accounts of Messiah betrayal, resurrection, death, and ascension, every detail was foretold centuries before Yeshua was even born. Every step of His life on earth was miraculous proof of His Messianic Jewish credentials.

     We hear again from the Jewish prophet Yeshayahu (Isaiah) in chapter 53:5, who states, “He would be bruised for our iniquities and wounded for our sorrows, and the chastisement (lead punishment) of our peace would be upon Him.”Matityahu, or Matthew’s gospel, chronicles the entire trial of how Yeshua stood silently before his accusers, just like Yeshayahu wrote again in chapter 53.

     In chapter 50:6, Isaiah writes that “I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.” Then in 53, he writes, “He would be wounded, afflicted and oppressed by His own, and finally taken by force.”  In the hour of His greatest need, His Talmidim, disciples, abandoned Him in the garden as foreshadowed by the prophet Zechariah,“Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!" declares the LORD Almighty. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. (Zechariah 13:7.)

     David in Telhilim 22, a scroll dated around 1000 BC, accurately predicted Messiah’s death, along with the events that happened during that 6-hour window.  Following the Tanakh, Mashiach would come to be mocked and flogged. His hands and feet would be bound and pierced. He would be nailed to a wooden stake, or cross, as was the custom of that day. Exactly per the Jewish writings, His side would be pierced, and vinegar would be offered to quench His thirst, as His clothes would be gambled away by those casting lots for it.

     His brutal suffering, miraculously, not a bone would be broken. Those closest to Him would watch from afar or from the foot of the cross. The fact that His friends watched from afar is even seen in Psalms 38 and 88. He anguished in His soul over what He was doing, yet he was always a willing and obedient servant as recorded in Isaiah 50. 

    In the midst of certain death, Yeshua always prayed for His persecutors because He was committed to always doing the will of His Abba Father. This so the ultimate redemption plan can be completed (Psalm 22, 109, and Isaiah 53.)   Who could do this other than Yeshua ha Mashiach? Only Yeshua chose to bear the sins of the world just like Isaiah 53:4 states; “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by G-d, stricken by him, and afflicted.”

     Mashiach being without sin, became the spotless Lamb that was required in Exodus 12. He willingly surrendered His life in exchange for His own people, as well as the world and your life today. All of this was done so He could pay the ultimate debt that sin required (Isaiah 53.)  Upon His impending death, many thought it was all over when He quoted the Jewish writings of King David by reciting Psalm 31:5, “Into your hands, I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful G-d.” 

 

   But as darkness fell upon His death as written in Psalm 22 and Amos 8, in reality, it had just begun!   Actually, upon one final and single act, He concluded the longing and expectations of Judaism. Every recorded detail came from the annals of the Jewish prophets. He, the Jewish Messiah, ratified a new covenant that Jeremiah in chapter 31, speaks of, and also fulfilled in Malachi 3. He was Zion’s redeemer, Israel’s King of Kings, in the future. Death could not hold him, just like Psalms and Isaiah states. Death was not the end but the beginning. And like many who saw His ascension, all will see His return when He comes in a blaze of glory as Mashiach ben David—King Messiah Son of David!

CONCLUSION

    Perhaps haps you have seen for the first time the wealth of prophetic writings that took place thousands of years ago in the city of David. Hopefully, you have noticed the incredible weight of evidence for our Jewish Messiah's belief.  The fact that you have taken the time to review this booklet speaks to your inquiring heart and mind. Already G-d is perhaps speaking to your heart regarding the Messiah. It may seem like a difficult concept for a Jewish person to believe in Jesus or Hebrew Yeshua. But this is not contrary to the Torah, or the hundreds of thousands of Jewish people that receive Him today, and the thousands that accepted Him two thousand years ago. 

 

      Believing in Yeshua became, for me, the most Jewish decision that any Jewish person can make. You can also experience this from the depth and sincerity of your heart; you can receive Him wherever you are today.  As the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 31 spoke of, G-d would write His law upon our hearts and minds. No longer would we need to go to our Rabbi’s and ask for these words' meaning. We would need to ask G-d to open our hearts and mind to the truth of our Messiah. Recall these words from our Scriptures that are found in I Chronicles 15:2, “The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you.”  Finally, offer to the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob this simple prayer:

“MEET THE JEWISH MESSIAH 

 PRAYER TO ABBA FATHER”

   Lord, I thank you for your faithfulness.  You lead our people through the wilderness and into the Promised Land thousands of years ago and have ensured our survival. You have given us our covenant land, our Torah, and our Messiah.  As prophesied by our prophets, You sent Yeshua to be my final Passover sacrificial lamb that I might receive life, truth, hope, and strength. 

   Through Him, I may be restored to a personal and life-giving relationship with my Abba Father. Father, I receive Your gift of life through your Son Yeshua as my Messiah. I recognize now that He came and died for me. He forgives me of my sins. I ask that You, Yeshua, reach into my heart and take a loving hold of my life so that I may live as my Abba Father designed for me. Lord, I ask that you become my King and Savior. Please help me to live for you and be your child.