Yeshua is Not a Messiah.

Yeshua is not a Messiah. What do I mean by that?

Let me explain, in Jewish tradition there is the idea that in every generation there is a Messiah, or Messiah type so to speak that could be the ultimate Messiah. Thus some say Schnersohn was the Messiah type of our generation,  the Baal Shem Tov was the Messiah type of his generation and so on. Should this apply to Jesus? (Yeshua); absolutely not. Yeshua is not just another candidate for Messiah; he is the Messiah the ultimate redeemer of Israel. He is not a could be Messiah, he is not a ‘well he is just a candidate for Messiah,’ he is not a will be Messiah, again he is The Messiah.

But what if he is just a Messiah? Was this the position held by the early believers?

Let me ask you a question if they did truly believe that he was just a Messiah, instead of the Messiah, then why where they giving their lives up? Why where they (all the 12 Disciples)? Why would a person want to give his life away for a man who might be the Messiah? How could countless of believers in the Early Church go to their deaths in the barbaric Animal arenas of Rome for the sake of one who could be Messiah? How is that Countless of Christians were burned at the stake, tortured, drowned, buried alive, crucified, boiled alive, beaten to death, have their head taken of by clubs, ripped in half, skinned and thrown into a sewer, and have hot lamps seared unto to gaping wounds. How could they in their right mind go through such things for a man who at best might be Messiah?

Paul is constantly calling Yeshua Christ. And the vision of him (Messiah) in revelation is certainly one of exaltation. So in conclusion Yeshua is not a Messiah he the Messiah. I do not want to serve a Man who could be Messiah; I want to, and do serve the Messiah of Israel.

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6 responses to “Yeshua is Not a Messiah.

  1. judeoxian

    welcome to the blogosphere! (though I know that blogging is nothing new for you).

    And, you’re right, there’s no way that the early believers though Yeshua was “a” messiah. He is “the” Messiah.

    So, in light of this, do you think Apostolic and Jewish concepts of messiah are fundamentally different?

  2. Peter Stone

    Hi Jeremiah, Judah Gabriel pointed me in your direction and I look forward to reading your blogs.

    Peter

  3. YM

    I do not think that apostolic and Jewish conceptions of messiah are different. Quite contrary I think that they are very similar, if not exactly the same. Chassidic conceptions of what a tzaddik is and what it means to have a rebbe are so in tune with how we see Yeshua and how his first followers attached themselves to him.

    There have been messiah candidates before. It is said that the first redemption, the one out of Egypt, could have been the final one. Had Moses been allowed to enter the land of Israel the messianic era would have begun and Moses would have been Mashiach. What this means regarding Yeshua’s pre-existence I am unsure of. Maybe Moses would have been endowed with that messianic soul that was instead given to Yeshua centuries later. So, really I think that Apostolic thought is quite in line with the Jewish tradition. We have just understood that the season for campaigning is over. The heavenly court has voted. Yeshua is The Messiah!

    • judeoxian

      >Had Moses been allowed to enter the land of Israel the messianic era would have begun and Moses would have been Mashiach.

      How do you know this? Doesn’t the fact that Yeshua is the Messiah preclude the possibility of anyone else ever being able to “attain” the Messiahship?

  4. > So, in light of this, do you think Apostolic and
    > Jewish concepts of messiah are fundamentally
    > different?

    I think Judah’s honing in on a really important question here. Is the Messiah the one who redeems Israel, taking the throne as the rightful heir of David and bringing a reign of peace to the world? Christian theology generally says “yes, and Jesus will do that at his second coming.” But doesn’t this then imply an “already but not yet”-ness to Yeshua’s Messiah-ship?

    > He is the Messiah the ultimate redeemer of Israel.

    If the answer to my previous question is “yes,” then it seems to me that this is a statement one can only make by faith. And perhaps that’s the point–not only was Paul constantly calling Yeshua the Messiah, but he was also constantly referring to “faith in Yeshua.” Is this (part of) what it means to have “faith in Yeshua”?

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