We glorify Yeshua, our righteous Messiah

 

We have so far covered the important issues of our honoring of the Torah, God’s way of life for the Jewish people; the respecting of Jewish tradition, the Jewish people’s communal way of living out the Torah and we now come to the key to our “Messianic” identity namely our glorification of our Messiah, Yeshua.

We are a Judaism with a Messiah in our midst and this is such a powerful part of our identity and rather than just having a Messiah of speculation, we have a Messiah who has demonstrated his Messiahship by a life of Torah observance and a willing self-sacrifice on the stake for us.

As I think about Yeshua, I am taken aback in the wonder of it all. Rather than waiting for a Messiah to come, we know today who the Messiah is and we await his return to complete the redemption of all things. I think to the wonder expressed in the Book of Yochanan when the first followers of Yeshua encountered him and Andrew excitedly told his brother Simon about Yeshua.

He found first his own brother Simon and said to him,
“We have found the Messiah”.
(Yochanan 1:41)

 

Like Andrew we have found the Messiah!

Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah, the Hope of Israel, the Root and Offspring of David and the One in whom the promises made to the Fathers is uniquely answered. So then we can only in great awe acknowledge him as both our Lord and Messiah and thereby seek to glorify him and make him known as the King of Israel.

The Messiah has come, he is Yeshua and we as his disciples now get the privilege and responsibility to glorify him as we await that great day alluded to in the Aleinu when all the nations of the earth will bend the knee, bow down and glorify Yeshua as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We get the awesome task and privilege to joyfully now today give honor and in thankfulness bow before him who is our Redeemer and coming King.

For us to build a mature Messianic Judaism the glorification of our righteous Messiah needs to be intrinsically a part of our communal life.

May we all glorify Yeshua!

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3 thoughts on “Glorifying Yeshua, our Righteous Messiah

  1. “For us to build a mature Messianic Judaism the glorification of our righteous Messiah needs to be intrinsically a part of our communal life. May we all glorify Yeshua!”

    Tell me, how does this not reek of idolatry? Glorifying a man and doing so “intrinsically”? Glorify the G-d of Israel and Him alone! It’s been a number of years already since I left Christianity/Messianic Judaism (after almost 20 years in it) and today, reading your words above, your cheerful glorification of a Jewish man as if he were god, a fellow human being dead for almost 2000 years as if he were the Almighty Hashem, it pierces my soul to its core.

    “I am the L-rd; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. (Isaiah 42:8)

    May we all glorify Hashem and Him alone, and may all other idols, pretenders and imposter recipients of the glory that is due to Him alone be forgotten.

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    1. Gene,

      I think that we are both well settled on our view of the person of Yeshua. I will borrow from my good friend Derek Leman’s recent book and affirm that I believe that Yeshua is the Divine Messiah and therefore see no problem giving Him the honor and glorification that He deserves. Thanks for reading my blog, you actually were one of my early readers and commenters…

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      1. Thanks, Yochnanan – but about that “settled” thing – I was worshiping Jesus since my late teens. I too thought I had it settled, until it struck me that I was committing gross idolatry by worshiping a creature. I realized the sin I was committing, no matter what the “cutting edge” NT scholars and sensationalist selling their latest books were declaring, no matter how correct the idea of “divine messiah” is in their eyes, no matter their research into some obscure sects and their writings, their claims and theories. No matter what Derek says on his blog and his books. They do not get to overule G-d, they do not overule the sages of Israel, and they do not overule clear and severe warnings Hashem gave us in His Torah against that very thing Christianity declared “kosher” for the last 2K years. So, it is my prayer that you will become very, very unsettled in your mind and in your heart, that the realization that you are betraying G-d by worshipping nothingness cuts you to the core, as it did me. Wishing you the best G-d has to offer you.

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