|Yeshua Is Wonderful!
by Rabbi Loren Jacobs
True religion is relatively simple. We are to love God with the totality of our being. That includes loving the Messiah, the Son of God who shares the Father’s name and nature, deity and essence. Then we love our fellow believers, and strive to help each other. Then, we reach out to a world of human beings that is dead in trespasses and sins, and bring them the Good News about the Messiah, and how human beings can be saved, and reconciled to God, and live forever. If we do these simple things, everything else will fall into its proper place.
Now, Messiah said that if He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Himself so that they can be saved. I want to lift up our wonderful Messiah.
In the Holy Scriptures a person's name is significant. It often tells us about their character, their nature, their essential qualities. Sometimes it tells us about the purpose that God has for them to accomplish. One of Messiah's names is "Peleh." It is a Hebrew word meaning "something wonderful or amazing, a miracle, a wonder." It is found in Isaiah 9:6-7: For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful (Peleh), Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. Messiah Yeshua is wonderful, and astounding, and everything about Him is full of wonder.
He is wonderful because of His unique nature. He is El Gibor, the Mighty God and yet at the same time He is a yeled yulad lanu, and a ben nee-tan lanu -- a child born to us and a son given to us. The Mighty God, who created the entire vast universe, somehow became a child, and took on a human nature and forever joined himself to human nature. That the Mighty God would become a weak infant, and be held in one of Joseph’s hands, is absolutely amazing to me. Messiah Yeshua is forever and fully God, and forever and fully Man. There is no one like Him in this respect. His Divine and human natures are an eternal mystery worth wondering about.
He is wonderful because of His special birth. The prophet Micah tells us that Messiah, unlike the rest of us, existed before His birth: But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity. Yeshua existed before He was born on Earth, and was the only person who could choose how and where to be born, and He chose to be born not into a rich and influential family, but into a poor Jewish family. The One who experienced all the glories of Heaven didn't choose to be born in a palace but born in the most humble of circumstances, and then placed in a manger -- a feeding trough where animals ate. He did not choose to be born into a free people, but into a nation that was living under occupation. In spite of this, Yeshua has become the most famous Jewish man who ever lived; more famous than Abraham, Moses, or David; more famous than Freud or Einstein. Prophets predicted His birth. Righteous people were given visions, dreams, and prophetic utterances about His birth. A virgin miraculously conceived to bring forth His birth. Heavenly signs attended His birth, guiding wise men from far away lands to worship Him. Angels announced His birth. Jewish shepherds praised God at His birth. There are eternal consequences to His birth. Someone observed that ever since the Incarnation, no one can ever say to God, “Creator of the universe, You can't possibly understand us. You are perfect, eternal, distant, far removed from humanity." No, He does know. He does understand us. Because of Yeshua's birth, God knows very well. He knows us from the inside, and He will eternally be united with us.
Yeshua is wonderful because of His unparalleled power. John declared of Him: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (two Persons -- equal in nature, and yet separate and distinct in Person). He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. Also writing about Him, Rabbi Paul asserted: By Him, all things were created both in the Heavens and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created by Yeshua and for Yeshua. Yeshua is the Creator of the host of angelic beings, the billions of galaxies with their trillions of stars, this planet and everything on it. It is estimated that there are over two millions species of life on Earth. If you ever get a sense of awe when you experience the greatness and magnificence of nature, or are amazed when you consider anything from the smallest subatomic particle to the most distant galaxies, you are getting a glimmer of the wonder and power of its Creator -- Messiah Yeshua. Not only is Yeshua the Creator, but He is the Sustainer of everything that exists. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He upholds all things by the word of His power. Yeshua's power is literally holding together the all the atoms of the universe and everything in it! He is sustaining the entire universe right now. Every moment that you exist, every breath that you breathe, every beat of your heart, depends on Him! Foolish mortal! How dare you resist Him, deny Him, refuse to believe in Him or trust and obey Him!
He is wonderful in His miracles. Few prophets in Israel's long history ever performed miracles -- Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, and a few others, but Yeshua's miracles exceeded them all. He turned water into wine, walked on water, healed the sick, cleansed lepers, cast out demons, brought sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, fed five thousand men from a few loaves of bread and some fish, raised the dead and stilled the winds and waves with just a word. He is the greatest miracle-worker of all time!
He is wonderful due to His place in the Word of God. He Himself is the living Word of God -- God’s message to us. He is the Ultimate Revealer of God. He Himself is the author of the Word of God. He Himself is the main subject of the Word of God. He is the focus of the prophecies, from the first prophecy in Genesis when Eve was told that a descendant of hers would crush the head of the serpent, to the last book of the Bible where it is written that the testimony of Yeshua is the spirit of prophecy. Not only prophecy but all of Scripture points to Him! In Genesis He is Noah’s Ark which saves us from destruction. He is the Seed of Abraham through whom the whole world will be blessed. In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb. In Leviticus He is the Yom Kippur Atonement, and our ultimate High Priest. He fulfills the Ark of the Covenant, the Temple, the Sacrifices and the Holidays. In Numbers, He is the rock that was smitten that provided water for us to drink, and the star to arise from Jacob. In Deuteronomy, He is the prophet greater than Moses. In Joshua, He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts. In Judges, He is the Angel of the Lord. In the book of Ruth, He is the kinsman redeemer. In Samuel, Kings and Chronicles He is the ultimate King of David's line. Throughout the Psalms, Proverbs and other wisdom literature, He is the wisdom of God. Throughout the prophets He is the coming Messiah, the Savior, the Branch, the Stone that the builders rejected and Adonai Tzidkaynu (the Lord who makes us righteous). In Hebrew, final letters are always at the end of words. But in a unique instance, a final letter (mem sofit) is at the beginning of the word "increase" (marbay in Isaiah 9:7)! This indicates that when He begins to rule on the throne of David, His rule will increase and never end. When Messiah Yeshua is involved, even the grammatical rules of Scripture do wonderful things!
He is wonderful in His sinless life. He is the only human being who ever perfectly kept God’s Law. Every other human being has, at times, yielded to the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil; the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the sinful pride of life; only Messiah Yeshua resisted them all! He was tested in all ways as we are, yet He never sinned. He always did what was right. His sinless life and victory over sin and over all temptation is amazing and it is wonderful to contemplate.
He is wonderful because of His relationships with people. He befriended social outcasts; He touched a leper, ate with tax collectors, redeemed prostitutes. He was willing to teach a Samaritan women. Few, if any of rabbis of His day would do these things. Even though He is the Righteous One, throughout the centuries He has been known as the Friend of Sinners. He does not treat us as mere creatures, although dayenu -- that should be enough for us! He does not regard us as mere servants (what an honor just to serve Him!), but He actually calls us His friends, even His brothers and sisters! He make makes us joint-heirs with Him of the New Heavens and the New Earth, and will allow us to sit with Him on His throne! His friendship is something amazing and which we should never take for granted.
Yeshua is wonderful because of His extraordinary teachings. He taught with beauty, with simplicity and with originality. He rejected the world’s values, and turned the world's values upside down, saying "blessed are the poor," not "blessed are the rich;" "blessed are the gentle" not "blessed are the aggressive and the powerful;" "blessed are the merciful" not "blessed are the conquerors;" and “blessed are those who mourn” over their own sins, who grieve that humanity is so broken, who are saddened by our alienation from God, and our loss of eternal life -- not blessed are those who seek their own personal happiness. Yeshua taught with authority. He never quoted other rabbis. Instead He said, "I say unto you," because there was no higher authority to which He could refer! The multitudes were amazed at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes who quote some other rabbi who quoted some other rabbi. His teaching was so wonderful that one time those sent to arrest Him came back and announced that they couldn't arrest Him, for "never did a man speak the way this man speaks."
He is wonderful because of the incredible claims He made about Himself. He claimed to be the promised Messiah. He claimed that anyone who had seen Him had seen God. He claimed to have existed before Abraham. He claimed to have life within Himself -- the same kind of self-existing, eternal life that God the Father had. He claimed that He and His Father were one. He claimed divine authority to forgive humanity’s sin. He claimed that He would be the final Judge of mankind. He claimed that apart from people trusting Him and believing Him, they would not experience salvation, and that no human being could come to God apart from Him. He claimed that He could give eternal life to other human beings. And, He claimed that God would prove the truth of His assertions by raising Him from the dead on the third day! When confronted by claims of this magnitude, we have three choices: either to conclude that Yeshua was a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. C. S. Lewis put it this way: "Either Jesus is a mad man, on a par with a man who claims to be a poached egg -- out of his mind, uttering meaningless, garbled, rambling, megalomaniacal statements -- or He is telling the truth. And if He is telling the truth He is the most important Being in the universe.” Lewis goes onto to state: “He is at the center of everything: He is the center of life, the giver of truth. Jesus of Nazareth is the center of everything. To ignore Him is to grope in darkness, to continue in the rebellion against the Most High started by our first parents, and to miss out on joy, peace and love, and end at last as part of the world's fiery judgment.”
He is wonderful in His ability to forgive sin, and sin is our greatest problem. It is a bigger problem than politics or economics or war or terrorism or the environment or anything else you can think of. Once a paralyzed man was brought before Him, and Yeshua dared to pronounce that the man's sins were forgiven. The Jewish leaders who were present knew that only God can forgive sins, and that atonement was a complicated procedure involving a Levitical priest who shed the blood of an innocent animal sacrificed at the Jerusalem Temple. But Yeshua simply and on His own authority forgave the man's sins. He went on to prove that He had the authority to forgive sin, by saying to the paralyzed man, "rise, take up your mat and go home." The man rose, picked up his mat and went out in the sight of all; demonstrating that, as God in the flesh, Yeshua had the authority to forgive mankind's sins. The Jewish people witnessing Yeshua's claim to forgive sin and His attesting miracle, were amazed and glorified God saying, "we have never seen anything like this."
Under the Mosaic covenant, with its constantly repeated sacrifices by the Levitical priests, there was no ultimate and final forgiveness for sin -- only a temporary covering. Aaron and all the priests that descended from him stood before the bronze altar to repeat the same sacrifices, year after year, which could not fully atone for our sins. If they had completely atoned for our sins, they would have stopped offering them, because they would have done the job. From the time of Moses until 70 AD, when the sacrifices stopped, there was a continual shedding of the blood of bulls, goats, lambs and rams, day after day, Sabbath after Sabbath, month after month, holiday after holiday, year after year -- millions upon millions of animals (I once calculated it and the total is astounding: 171,000 bulls, 48,000 goats, 55,500 rams, 301,639,500 lambs), rivers and rivers of blood that did not permanently take away our sins. Israel could never say, “It is finished!”
Why couldn’t the blood of bulls, goats, lambs, and rams fully take away our sins? Adolph Saphir informs us that they are animals -- and they are worth less than a human being. On the Scale of Being, with God being the most valuable, followed by man, then the animals, then plants, followed by the inorganic, one man is more valuable than all the animals in the world. The sacrifice of Yeshua is better because Messiah is a man -- far more valuable than all the animals ever slaughtered. And, not only is He fully man, He is also fully God. So, the one sacrifice which the One who is fully God and fully Man brought was of infinite value and delight to His Father. Also, the sacrifices of the animals wasn’t voluntary. The sacrificed animals were killed against their wills to obtain their blood. But the sacrifice offered by the Messiah was a willing sacrifice. Yeshua died willingly and voluntarily. The One who was perfect, and needed no sacrifice for Himself, was willing to give His life that we might live -- live with Him, live with His Father, live forever! His one sacrifice was infinitely superior to all the combined millions of sacrifices that came before. His one sacrifice is eternally powerful. His one sacrifice possesses absolute perfection, and never ceasing effectiveness. His one sacrifice accomplished infinite redemption, perfect and full and final and eternal atonement. His one sacrifice is sufficient for all human beings. Therefore, it never needs to be repeated. Through this Man, Yeshua of Nazareth, is offered to you the forgiveness of all of your sins: and by Him all that believe are made righteous from all things, from which you could not be made righteous by the Torah. God made Him, His Son, and our Savior, who knew no sin, to be a sin offering for us, so that we might become the very righteousness of God when we are join to the Messiah, when we place our faith in Him. He is the only Savior from sin. His atonement is so powerful, so wonderful, that He is the atonement not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world! Where sin increases, His amazing ability to forgive sin and overcome sin abounds all the more!
Yeshua is wonderful because of the way He won His victory over our greatest enemies -- sin and death and Hell. While others have conquered by the sword, Messiah conquered through self-sacrifice and love and grace. The following poem contrasts Yeshua and Alexander the Great, both of whom greatly affected the world: Jesus and Alexander both died at 33. One lived and died for self, One died for you and me. The Greek died on a throne, the Jew died on a cross. One's life a triumphed seemed, the other but a loss. One led vast armies forth, the Other walked alone. One shed a whole world's blood, the Other gave His own. Jesus and Alexander both died at 33. One died in Babylon, the Other on Calvary. One gained all for himself, and One Himself He gave. One conquered every throne, the Other every grave. The one made himself a god, but God made Himself less. The one lived to kill, the other lived to bless. Jesus and Alexander both died at 33. The Greek made men slaves, the Jew made men free. One built a throne on blood, the Other built on love. The one was born of Earth, the Other from above. The Greek forever died, the Jew forever lives. He loses all who gets, and wins all things who gives (author unknown).
Messiah is wonderful because of His grace. Many people think that if there is a God, He is harsh, judgmental and perhaps even a little cruel. Yet Messiah Yeshua, who has and reveals God’s very nature, is the epitome of grace, unmerited favor, undeserved mercy, kindness, love, and understanding. Yeshua is full of grace, and we have all received from His fullness, grace heaped upon grace. When one undeserved good thing that Yeshua does runs out, another one is right there to take its place! Truly His grace is amazing!
Yeshua is wonderful in His death. His death was the most important event in human history. Humans beings may be willing to die for their family, or for a dear friend, but Yeshua didn’t die for those who loved Him, but for His enemies. While we were His enemies, Messiah died for us. Even during His horrible and painful and humiliating death, He was willing to forgive those human beings who were crucifying Him. While being nailed to a cross, He could pray, “Father, forgive them -- they don't know what they are doing." Though He was innocent and unjustly killed, He died with love and forgiveness on His lips. The events surrounding His death were marvelous. There was an eclipse of the sun, an earthquake, the veil in the Temple was torn from top to bottom, the Earth shook, rocks were split and tombs opened. Even a tough Roman centurion, when he saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!" Many of the Jewish saints who had died were raised and, coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, entered Jerusalem and appeared to many.
He is wonderful in His resurrection. Yeshua's resurrection validates His claims, His ministry and His message. It declares that He is Lord. It declares that He is God in the flesh. It declares that He is sinless. Yeshua’s resurrection is God's seal of approval on everything that Yeshua did and taught. It declares that He is flawless in all He ever did and said. He means that He only spoke the truth, since God would not allow a sinner, a liar, a false prophet or Messiah to be resurrected. It means that Yeshua’s words are more trustworthy and more enduring than even this entire physical universe. "Heaven and Earth will pass away" He claimed, "but My words will never pass away!" Imagine a Jewish carpenter saying that! And yet His words have endured for 2,000 years. His words are more often quoted, studied, discussed, and sung than the words of any other man who has ever lived. You can build your life in this world and your life in the World to Come on Yeshua's words.
His resurrection makes Him absolutely unique in the history of the world, putting Him on a level far higher than any of the prophets of Israel or the leaders of any other religion. It sets Christianity and Messianic Judaism apart from all other religions, philosophies or ideologies. Buddha is still in his tomb, as are Mohammed and Confucius. Charles Darwin is dead and is not evolving! Marx, Lenin, Freud and Einstein are still dead and buried. Only Yeshua, of all human beings, has overcome death and is alive now. Therefore we ought to listen more carefully to Him than to any other human being who has ever existed. We must pay very careful attention to every word He ever uttered.
Messiah's resurrection guarantees our resurrection. When He rose from the dead, He defeated Satan and all his demonic hosts. He conquered sin. He even defeated death! If you will only confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved -- and you will be raised with Him and experience eternal life. Yeshua once said to a woman named Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die -- the Second Death. Do you believe this?" Do you? Some sixty-five years later, the Resurrected One appeared to His beloved disciple John for the last time as recorded in the New Testament. Yeshua said to him: "I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and Sheol." Yeshua was saying, "I am the beginning of history, the end of history and the very meaning of history. I have authority over life and death. In order to live forever, you need to join Me." Will you?
He is wonderful in regards to His return -- His Second Coming. General Douglas MacArthur directed the defense of the Philippines during World War Two. Though hopelessly outnumbered by the Japanese, his troops put up a gallant defense. Under orders from President Roosevelt, he left the Philippines, but before he left he made a promise and declared, "I shall return." General MacArthur kept his promise and did return two years later as the commander at the head of his troops. He fulfilled his promise and returned in triumph to the Philippines. Before He left, Messiah also declared, "I will return." He too went away for a time but He too will keep His promise to return. MacArthur's return will be dwarfed by comparison to Yeshua's glorious return from Heaven to Earth in complete triumph at the head of His armies!
Yeshua is wonderful in His ability to wage war. Most people think of the young rabbi from Nazareth as "nice," meek, mild, the gentle shepherd who holds the lambs close to His breast. That is true, but He also is the Mighty God and the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, the Supreme Commander of Heaven's troops. He will lead them, and defeat all the armies of the Earth, destroying them and all of their sophisticated and powerful weapons of war as if they were inconsequential and nothing. He will trod down the peoples in His anger and destroy all the forces of the anti-Christ. With His sword He will smite the nations. With His rod of iron He will shatter them like earthenware. He will tread the wine press of the fierce wrath of God Almighty. People on Earth will be amazed by His ability to make war and say, "Who is able to withstand the great day of the wrath of the Lamb?" A Lamb having wrath? A Lamb being so dangerous? It seems contradictory, but it’s not! The message is that to accept Yeshua now, and embrace His sacrificial death, and become His ally and friend, or find Him one day to be the most dangerous and deadly enemy.
He is wonderful in judgment. All judgment has been given to Him. He alone will judge the living and the dead, Israel and the nations, the Messianic Community and those who have ignored God and disobeyed His ways. He will be the One sitting on His great white throne, so great, so powerful, so pure, that Earth and Heaven flee from the presence of the One on that throne! One day all will give to Him an account of their lives, for all the things that they have done, good and bad, and the things that they should have done, but didn’t do. They will give an account for every word, every thought, and the motive behind every word and action.
He is wonderful in His impact on the world. The young rabbi from Nazareth never wrote a book, and yet the libraries in the world are full of books that have been written about Him. As far as we know, He never wrote a song, and yet more songs have been written about Him than anyone else. He never founded a college, yet all the schools put together can't compare to the number of all His students. He never led an army, and yet no leader ever had more volunteers. He never studied psychology, and yet He has healed more broken hearts than all the psychiatrists and psychologists the world has ever produced. He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three or four years He was an itinerant preacher. He never had a family or owned a home. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from His birthplace. He never wrote a book, or held an office. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends deserted Him. He was betrayed to His enemies, and went through a mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had -- His coat. When He was dead, His body was taken down and place in a borrowed grave. Twenty centuries have come and gone, and yet today Yeshua is the central figure for much of the human race. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat and all the kings that have ever reigned have not affected the lives of men as powerfully as this "One Solitary Life."
The names of the past leaders of Greece and Rome have come and gone, yet this man's reputation multiplies more and more. If people throughout the world know about much about Israel, or pray to the God of Israel, or read Israel's Holy Scriptures, it is in large part because of Yeshua. Rabbi Hyman Enelow observed that Yeshua “has become the most renowned, most studied and most influential figure in the history of mankind. The love He has inspired, the comfort He has given, the good He has engendered, the hope and joy He has kindled are unequaled in human history. No Jewish person should be indifferent to the fact that this one Jewish man has had such a tremendous part in the religious history of mankind.” He is so important that much of the world measures time because of Him. We are now in the year 2004, which means that nearly 2,000 years have passed since the Son of God came to Earth and clothed Himself with humanity.
Yeshua is wonderful in His exaltation. He is high and lifted up, and greatly exalted. He is higher than the cherubim and seraphim, higher than Abraham, more exalted than Moses. He is higher than the Highest Heavens! Even now He is seated at the right hand of the Most High. There He is equally worshiped along with God the Father. Every created thing which is in Heaven and on the Earth are heard equally worshiping the One on the Throne -- God the Father, and the Lamb -- the Son of God who sacrificed Himself and died for us, saying: “blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever, to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Yeshua has a name that is above every name. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Throughout eternity all redeemed people will have perfect, glorified bodies (I'm certainly looking forward to mine -- more and more each year). Everyone will have a perfect body -- except Messiah Yeshua, who will forever bear the marks of His earthly suffering.
He is wonderful because He is everything to us. He is the Messiah, the Anointed Prophet, Priest and King. He is the Only Begotten Son, the Son of Abraham, the Son of David. He is the Son Of God and the Son of Man. He is the Firstborn of all Creation, and the Firstborn from the Dead. He is Beginning of the Creation of God and the Last Adam.
He is the King of Israel and the King of the Jews. He is the Word, the Word of God, and the Word of Life. He is our Rabbi, our Brother, our Friend, our Advocate, our Apostle, our great High Priest, our King and our Savior. He is the Author and Perfecter of the faith. He is our wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption. He is the Door, and He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the Deliverer, the Savior of the World, and the Savior of all men. He is the Holy One, the Righteous One, the Living One and the Chosen One.
He is the Faithful Witness, the Faithful and True One and the Amen. He is the Prince, the Prince of Life, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. He is the Judge of the Living and the Dead. He is the Stone and the Chief Cornerstone. He is the Bread of life, the Bread of God and the Bread out of Heaven. He is the Good Shepherd, the Chief Shepherd and the Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls. He is the Head of the Body, and the Head over all things.
He is the Lamb, the Lamb of God, and our Passover Lamb. He is also the Lion of Judah and the Horn of Salvation. He is the Light of the World, the Bright Morning Star and the Sunrise from on High. He is the True Vine. He is God's Mystery. He is the Man, and yet also Immanuel (God with us), "I Am," and Lord. He is the Servant, yet also the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Mediator between God and Man and the very image of the invisible God.
We are created by Him, kept by Him, forgiven by Him, redeemed by Him, saved by Him and glorified by Him. We are God’s heirs, and joint heirs with Him. He gives us His joy, His peace, His strength, His Spirit and His Life. He will allow us to sit on His throne. In Him all the promises of God are yes and amen. Joined to Him, we possess all spiritual blessings. Believing in Him, we have peace with God. Faithful to Him, we are set free and live forever. In Him we are complete. He is our all in all.
He is wonderful because He is the goal of all things. All things have been created by Him and for Him. Are you for Him? One day all things will be summed up in Messiah, things in the heavens and things upon the Earth. Men and women, Jews and Gentiles, each one of us, you and I, will be forever with Him ... or forever without Him. Are you with Him? He is the Heir of all Things. Do you belong to Him?
He is wonderful in His eternal, glorious rule. He is the ruler of the eternal age for which mankind has longed; the age of peace, prosperity, knowledge, long life, an end to suffering and victory over death. In His day the knowledge of the Lord will cover the Earth as the waters cover the sea. We will enter His Kingdom and reign with Him forever and ever!
Messiah said that if He is lifted up from the Earth, He will draw all men to Himself. Let’s continue to lift up our wonderful Messiah, in our own minds and hearts, and through our words and deeds, to the minds and hearts of many others! If we do, and if we keep our eyes on Yeshua, we will surely experience Him as the author and the perfecter of our most holy faith!
Originally given by Arthur Glass, and also expanded upon by Rabbi Loren Jacobs.