The Tanakh was dedicated and ratified with
blood; so the "New Covenant" was also instituted and ratified with
blood through the atoning blood of Messiah . Yeshua was 's Divine Sacrifice - someone who chose to martyr Himself (as a human, he had the same choices as everyone else, and there is no law against martyring oneself!) whose blood took away the sins of the world, thus offering mortal man the opportunity for eternal life.
Yeshua was foreshadowed throughout the Tanakh as the following verses show. He did NOT replace YHWH, nor was he an idol and recognizing Him as Messiah is not "idol worship" as traditional Jews attempt to describe Him as. Check out our article discussing Talmudic evidence for Messiah at 30 C.E. Christianity has severely distorted the idea of Y'shua and turned him into some Torah-less entity who came to abolish everything his Father ever commanded. And at the same time, traditional Jews and their converts are doing their best to debunk Yeshua and the entire "New testament .... HUGE MISTAKE!
First, let's take a look at the relationship between YHWH and Yeshua (borrowed from the Aramaic English New Testament).
"I and the Father are one." Yochanan 10:30
The intimate relationship between Father and Son unfolds in Matthew 6:9-13 with the Slotha d'Maran, or Prayer of our Master, and progressive revelation continuing in Matthew 26:39, 42 and so on. Put simply, if Y'shua is YHWH, then is he talking to himself? The answer, of course, is NO! But, in order to understand we must go deep into the Tanakh to the following milestone passages:
(1) In Exodus 23:20-22 we find mention of the only Messenger that YHWH sent to Israel who "has My Name in him." This is key because every other messenger has YHWH's title - EL (MichaEL, RaphaEL, UriEL, etc.) in their names. But Y'shua's name means, "YHWH is salvation" which is tied to prophecy about him in places like Jeremiah 23:5-6, and fulfilled in John 17:11. Mashiyach has a superior name to the other messengers (Hebrews 1:1-5) and a Name in him that is above all other names (Colossians 1:16-19, Philippians 2:9-10). This means that Y'shua and this Messenger, who are one and the same, have the Name Yah rather than El/Eloah/Elohim.
(2) The other aspect of Exodus 23:20-22 is that YHWH warns that this Messenger will not forgive Israel if they sin; implying that he had the independent power to do so, but would not on this occasion. Such ability was not ever afforded any other heavenly messenger. To see how this might manifest with Mashiyach's power and office, please see Matthew 9:5-8.
(3) Isaiah 9:6 tells us that one of the names of Mashiyach is "the Everlasting Father," who is obviously YHWH Himself. Then Isaiah 11:1-2 tells us that Mashiyach as the Root of Jesse will have the Spirit of YHWH rest inside him! Incidentally, the Spirit of YHWH and the Ruach haKodesh are also one and the same, as evidenced by Psalm 51:1-11 and Isaiah 63:1-11.
(4) Perhaps the most essential passage is in Zechariah 12:10, where the only begotten Son is killed but YHWH is "pierced." The Hebrew here, in spite of rabbinic argumentation to the contrary, could not be clearer. The phrase in question is et asher dakaru. The et serves as a direct object pointer; it shows what part of a Hebrew sentence is receiving the action. So in Genesis 1:1 we are told et hashamayim v'et ha'aretz, with the et meaning that the heavens and the Earth are receiving the action of being created. On this everyone agrees, but the same rabbis who agree with this usage everywhere else in Tanakh turn a blind eye here. In this passage, it can only read as "to whom pierced they," and since YHWH is speaking, He is being pierced! And yet the rest of the passage talks of people mourning for the man as "an only begotten son"! How can this be? The Son whose flesh is pierced contains an occurrence (qnoma in Aramaic) of YHWH's Spirit, so while it is the flesh that is literally pierced and dies, the Spirit of YHWH is pierced too, but of course, cannot die.
(5) Finally Isaiah 53:1: "to whom has the arm of YHWH been revealed?" This is the only acceptable form of "Godhead" in Scripture. Clearly not a Trinity of three separate beings (or persons), because the arm is not a separate entity from the rest of the body and has no independent will. The "arm" moves only with the power and control from the mind. In the same way YHWH's nature is manifest as an occurrence within the Son that is separate but side-by-side with his human nature. These two natures then communicate with one another; thus explaining why Y'shua is not talking to himself when he prays to his Father.
This fact is also why sometimes Y'shua says things like, "My teaching is not my own" and "I can do nothing without my Father" on the one hand but on the other he says, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father" and "I and my Father are one of the same." This indicates a 100 percent divine nature that exists in a 100 percent human soul and flesh, where one or the other talks through Y'shua. But the human is subject to the divine (again, "Not my will...") which is the only way the Scripture cannot be broken. It is not Trinity but neither does this deny the divine aspects in Y'shua himself. It is also the real meaning behind, "No one comes to the Father but by me." See also John 5:26.
Now - let's allow the Bible to speak for itself through following scriptures about Yeshua. We invite you to check each one for yourself....
- Conceived by a virgin, not by seed of man. (Yeshua was
born to Miriam [Mary], virgin bride of Joseph, as foretold in
Genesis 49:10; Isaiah 7:13-15, and Matthew 1:17-19.)
- Born of an extremely rare bloodline that includes many of
the fathers of Israel. (See geneology from Abraham to David
in Matthew 1.)
- Born in Bethlehem; descendant of David, traced back to
Abraham. (Matthew 1; Matthew 2:6; Micah 5:2.)
- Messiah was to a prophet like unto Moses. (Deuteronomy
18:15, 18, 19.)
- Messiah would enter Jerusalem in triumph, gentle, and
riding on a donkey. (According to Daniel, there would be 483
years between the decree to rebuild the wall and the city of
Jerusalem in troublesome times before Messiah would be cut off
for the sins of the people. Exactly 483 years after the
rebuilding of Jerusalem and its walls, Yeshua of Nazareth offered
himself to the nation of Israel. He rode into the city on a
donkey to the rejoicing of the people, just as the prophet
Zechariah had predicted: "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to
you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a
donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. See Zechariah 9:9.)
- Messiah would be rejected by His own people. (Most
Jews to this very day reject Yeshua as Messiah. They believe He
was just a good rabbi and prophet, and definitely NOT the
Messiah. See Daniel 9:24-26, Isaiah 53:1, 3, and Psalm
- Messiah would minister mostly in Galilee. (Isaiah
- Isaiah and Malachi predict Messiah would be preceded by a
forerunner. (Yeshua was very much like Moses: Both were
delivered from death as infants. Both were prophets. Both
performed miracles. Both were leaders. And both were
intermediaries between God and man. No other prophet is as much
like Moses than Yeshua. Moses led the Jews out of the bonds of
slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land of Israel. Moses died
shortly before the Jews entered Israel. Yeshua leads people -
anyone who accepts Him as their Savior - out of the bonds of sin
and into the Promised Land of Heaven. Yeshua died for our sins so
that people could enter the Kingdom of Heaven. See Deuteronomy
18:15-18; see also Malachi 3:1-5; Isaiah 9:6-7).
- The Psalmists said that Messiah would be betrayed by a
friend. (He was betrayed by Judas, one of his 12 disciples.
See Psalm 41:9 and Matthew 26:47-50.)
- Zechariah said that Messiah would be betrayed for 30
pieces of silver. He adds that people will look on the one whom
they have pierced. (Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver, then
later committed suicide when he realized the enormity of what he
had done. See Zechariah 11:12-13.)
- Messiah would be tried and condemned. (Isaiah
- Messiah was to be silent before His accusers. (Isaiah
- Messiah was to be smitten and spat upon by His
enemies. (Micah 5:1, Isaiah 50:6.)
- Messiah was to be mocked and taunted. (Psalm 22:7,
- Messiah was to suffer with transgressors and pray for His
enemies. (Isaiah 53:12.)
- Messiah was to be given vinegar and gall. (Psalm
- The Psalmists prophesied that people would divide His
garments among them and cast lots for His clothing. (Psalm
- Messiah's bones were not to be broken. ( Numbers 9:12,
Exodus 12:46. Often, the Romans broke the legs of their crucified
in order to speed impending death, as the crucified could then no
longer support their body weight, which would asphyxiate them.
God the Father [YHVH] saw to it that Yeshua's bones were not
- Messiah was to die as an offering for sin. (Isaiah
53:5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12.)
- Messiah was speak to us in parables. (Psalm 78:2, Matthew 13:35)
- The Psalms say he was to be raised from the
dead/resurrected. (Psalm 16:10, Mark 16:19-20; John 20:1-10;
Matthew 28:11-1; John 20:19-23; Mark 16:14; and Mark 16:14-18.
Yeshua actually prophesied His own persecution, death and
resurrection. He told His disciples that He would go into
Jerusalem where He was suffer at the hand of religious leaders
before being put to death. He also said that He would rise again
on the third day. See Matthew 16:21-26.)
- Messiah now at God's Right Hand. (Psalm 110:1.)
- Isaiah 49:6 says God's salvation would reach the ends of
the earth. (In Isaiah 49:6, the prophet speaks of a servant
of God who would be a light to Gentiles (non-Jews) so that God's
salvation could reach the ends of the earth. Messianic believers believe that Yeshua is the fulfillment of this promise. There are now about two billion believers in Christ worldwide. And they believe that salvation is available to anyone who accepts Yeshua as their savior.)
Messiah came 2,000 years ago! As a human with a divine qnoma sent by God He was a DIVINE sacrifice who chose to martyr himself. No one else could, or has ever, fit these particular qualifications besides YaHashua (Y'shua), whose very Name means " is Salvation"....
The Good News is that Yeshua died for us on that
"cross"/stake! He was the ONLY perfect Person who ever walked the face of this earth - the ONLY one qualified to become our
redeemer - YHWH's "Final SIN Sacrifice" - someone who chose to martyr himself on man's behalf! Although He, like all of us, had been given free
choice, He chose to give His life so that we might have a chance
to go to Heaven and live for all eternity. HaSatan tried to entice
Him away from God (Zecheriah 3; Matthew 4; Mark 1:13), and away
from His intended role of "Saviour", but Yeshua continually rebuked
him with Torah, and chose to proceed with God's Plan. Three
days after His death, Yeshua rose and revealed
Himself to at least 500 witnesses before finally entering Heaven
to take His rightful place "at His Father's Side" for eternity.
The Good News is because of Yeshua's willingness to be the final SIN Sacrifice for all mankind, we were afforded eternal life by simply "believing". No longer is man required to kill innocent animals to atone for sins. All one has to do to be assured their place in Heaven is to acknowledge their complete belief in our Elohim - and, consequently His Divine Son who was foreshadowed throughout the Torah, and repent as they begin to live Torah observant lives.
John 14:6 tells us: Yeshua said "I AM the Way - and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. The Bible tells us that there are only two choices when it comes to eternity: Belief in YHWH and His Son Yeshua and heaven; or haSatan and eternal separation from God.