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.