June 23, 2009

An Essay I Thought I'd Share

I had to do an essay this week on why Yeshua is unique as the Messiah. How is He any better than any of the others who have claimed the role? Thinking about this I thought it would be easy. But when I got to writing, it was actually pretty hard. I had to sit down and think about it. Why is He any better? And how do I prove that He fulfills all the Biblical prophecies? I already realized that He is the Messiah. But I've never had to prove it before. He just was, and that was that- Right? Wrong...

Well I finally finished the essay; and I thought I would share it.
You are welcome to comment as usual. Please feel free to make constructive criticism as to my writing and such.

The Uniqueness of Yeshua: Why He is the Saviour of the World.

There have been many false Messiahs throughout time. However, there is only one Savior, Redeemer, and King. Only one Messiah lived and died by what he taught. This one Messiah is Yeshua, the Nazarene of Galilee.
There are many prophecies and types depicting Yeshua throughout the Scriptures. One such prophecy is that He Himself is sinless and can thus “save His people from their sins.”
[1] A type that demonstrates this is Moses.[2] By Yahweh’s leading, Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt and away from their idolatry; bringing them back to the presence of Yahweh, and helping them relearn Torah. Yeshua did this also, but on a much greater scale. He came to Earth, gave us the path which leads to salvation, taught us Torah, and brought us back to the presence of Yahweh forever. Yeshua sums up His entire purpose in this statement: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No man comes to the Father but by me.”[3]
When proving that Yeshua is the Messiah, the biggest thing we must show is that the circumstances surrounding His birth align with the Old Testament prophecies. Scripture says that “by the mouth of two witnesses” a man’s word is proved.
[4] Thus we can safely say that Matthew and Luke can be used as reliable records of Yeshua’s childhood. According to Scripture, the Messiah had to be the son of Yahweh,[5] born of a virgin,[6] and in Bethlehem.[7]
John tells us that Yeshua is the Son of Yahweh.[8] Both Matthew and Luke reveal the story of Yeshua’s conception,[9] showing that He was born of a virgin. Yeshua’s historians also tell us that He was born in Bethlehem during the time of Caesar’s census.[10] When Herod tried to kill this infant King,[11] Joseph took his family to the safety of Egypt and thereby fulfilled yet another prophecy of the Messiah.[12]
When Yeshua grew up and began teaching, He went to be baptized as an example for us. After He came up out of the water, the clouds opened, and a dove flew to Yeshua’s shoulder. A thunderous voice from Heaven said, “This is my son, in whom I am well pleased.”
[13] This could only be the voice of Yahweh’s approval. Such has been done to no one since then. Yet more proof that Yeshua is the true Messiah. As Yeshua began His ministry, He presented subjects in ways people could understand. When talking to fishermen, He spoke of fish and the sea.[14] When talking with vinedressers, He spoke of fruit and husbandry.[15] With farmers, He spoke in terms of seed and harvest.[16] Yeshua came to the level they were on as people. For example, He didn’t talk to a tax-collector about grapevines.[17] Nothing Yeshua ever did was for His own personal gain or benefit, but for Yahweh’s. His miracles were not done ion grounds of color or position. Rather, on helping other people, loving them, and drawing them closer to Him. All of His words and actions were to help us follow Torah and have a better relationship with Yahweh. That was His purpose.[18]
In order for us to have a complete and perfect relationship with Yahweh, we must be sinless.[19] As mere mortals, this is not possible.[20] Therefore, Yeshua laid down His own life to wash away our sins before the Father.[21] Passover is the day before the children of Israel were led out of Egypt.[22] On this day, one of the requirements was to roast a perfect lamb. “Your lamb shall be without blemish...And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the pertinence thereof.”[23] Scripture says that Yeshua was crucified on Passover[24] as the Passover “lamb who was slain.”[25] Thus, Not only does Yeshua’s life align with the messianic prophecies; so does His death. After Yeshua was buried, He remained ion the tomb for three days.[26] This person was definitely dead. But on the third day, miracle of all miracles, Yeshua rose from among the dead.[27] He was alive! He walked and spoke with His followers.[28] He revealed Himself to many people after His resurrection.[29] Everything else up to this could possibly have been accomplished or faked. But living three days after you died? That is only something that the true Messiah could do. Yeshua is the only Messiah in history to “come back from the dead” like this.
There has been no other Messiah that fulfills the biblical prophecies as completely as Yeshua has. He is the only one whose birth perfectly aligns with Scripture. He is the only one that both man and Yahweh have publicly declared to be the true Messiah. He is the only one who, according to prophecy, died and arose three days later. Yeshua must be the true Messiah that the world has looked for since the beginning of time. There has never been another Messiah like Him. There never can be again.

ENDNOTES
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[1] Matthew 1:21, Isaiah 53; The Hebrew word ‘Yeshua’ literally means ‘salvation has come.’
[2] Exodus – Deuteronomy records this epic journey.
[3] John 14:6
[4] Deuteronomy 19:5, 2 Corinthians 13:1
[5] Isaiah 53
[6] Isaiah 7:14
[7] Micah 5:2
[8] John 1:1-18
[9] Matthew 1:189-25, Luke 1:26-38
[10] Luke 2:1-6
[11] Matthew 2:13-18
[12] Mathew 2:19-23
[13] Matthew 3:17, Luke 3:22
[14] Matthew 13:47-48, Luke 5:1-11
[15] Matthew 21:28-46, Luke 13:1-13
[16] Mark 4:1-34
[17] Luke 19:1-28
[18] John 3:16-17, 8:19, John 17
[19] John 17:22-23
[20] Romans 3:23
[21] Romans 5:6-21
[22] Exodus 12:28-33
[23] Exodus 12:5-9,
[24] Mark 14:12-15, 15:20-26; The Biblical day is ‘the evening and the morning.’ Thus it was still Passover when Yeshua was crucified. Genesis 1:5
[25] Revelation 5:12
[26] Matthew 27:64- 28:8, Luke 24:15-21
[27] Matthew 28:6
[28] Matthew 28:9-10, 28:16, Luke 24
[29] John 21:1-14, Mark 16:9-14

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