Who Is Yeshua
Yeshua . . . who is He—the long-awaited King-Messiah of Israel or Jesus Christ, the God of the Gentiles? . . . Or could He be both?
In this section we will examine the evidence. We know he was perhaps the most influential Jewish Person that ever lived. His effect on history is unmistakable.
If he is who he claimed to be, he is also the greatest . . . and thus each of us must make a decision about his claims if we are intellectually honest.
As Jewish People, we grew up with very strong feelings about “that man” in whose name our People have been persecuted, beaten, accused and annihilated for nearly 2,000 years.
Yet, was that HIS message?
The New Testament contains his words, but it is a “forbidden book” to us, so we take it on faith that anti-Semites are speaking for him and doing his will.
What if they are not? What if he came as a Jew to his own exactly as our Prophets foretold in hundreds of prophecies, what if . . .
What’s with the Name?
Are we just dressing “Jesus Christ,” the Gentile God, in Jewish clothing to proselytize Jewish People?
Yeshua’s Name was given by an angelic messenger from ADONAI and reveals the special relationship and ministry he has with his Jewish People.
“ . . . an angel of ADONAI appeared to him [Yosef] in a dream and said, ‘Yosef, son of David, do not be afraid to take Miryam home with you as your wife; for what has been conceived in her is from the Ruach haKodesh. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua, [which means ‘ADONAI saves’] because he will save his people from their sins.” Matt. 1:20,21 CJB
As you explore this site, you will find that Yeshua was very much a part of Israel and the Jewish People . . . that he taught from the Torah, the Books of Moses . . . that his words, his world and the New Testament are very much a legacy of Israel and the Jewish People.
So What Happened? He Doesn’t Look Jewish!
In a nutshell, after Jerusalem was sacked in 70 A.D., the Jews were scattered, including the Jews that believed in Yeshua the Nazarene, sometimes referred to as followers of “The Way.” As Gentiles came to believe in Yeshua and “Christianity” spread, the Hebraic foundations became less and less influential. In the Third Century, Emperor Constantine sought to unify his growing empire and created one state religion called Christianity, utilizing elements of the original faith mixed with the prevailing pagan traditions of the region. The Sabbath was changed to Sunday as that was the day of worship to the sun god, and the rest of the biblical feasts were expunged.
Yeshua and the First Century Hebraic faith were now unrecognizable to the Jewish People.
This is not without precedent, however. We have a picture of this in our Tenakh. When Joseph’s brothers came to him in Egypt, they did not recognize him. They thought he was an Egyptian. He was their brother and they had to look to him, whom they had originally rejected to save their lives. It is an astonishing prophetic picture.
The Messiah and the Jewish People
The hope of a Messiah, a Redeemer, is at the heart of our People it is throughout our liturgy, literature, and binds us together throughout history. It is also our greatest gift to mankind.
ADONAI promised Avraham Avinu, before we were even a People, that through his offspring, all the nations of the world will be blessed (Genesis 12:3), and that our Messiah will be a light to the Gentiles, bringing salvation to the ends of the earth, through a new covenant (Isaiah 42 & 49, Jeremiah 31). This has certainly happened through Yeshua, whom the Gentiles call Jesus!