Was Yeshua Successful? Part 7 Rabbi Michael Weiner
Let’s look at the second purpose for Yeshua’s first coming in our quest to answer the question, “Was Yeshua successful?”
2. He is the image of the invisible God.
Since we can’t see God and live, Yeshua came as one of us so we could see the image of God manifest on earth.
It is a common Jewish objection to believing in Yeshua, the scriptures preclude seeing God. Moses asked God to show him His glory. God answered him … Exodus 33:20 But He also said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live.” Yet there are plenty of times and places described in the Bible where God did appear to people. And it wasn’t just onesies and twosies either.
Exodus 24:9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up. 10aThey saw the God of Israel. 11bSo they beheld God, and ate and drank.
I have to ask, “With Whom do you think they were eating and drinking?” My answer is Yeshua, what’s your answer? Maimonides wrote his 13 principles of faith, considered to be the essentials of Judaism by much of the orthodox Jewish world. About 1,000 years ago, he wrote principle #3, which starts with the phrase, “I believe in God’s non-corporality,” meaning God cannot have a body. He wrote that one to refute the possibility that Yeshua could be God.
But Maimonides went on to explain that he intended to show that God doesn’t get tired, nor is He in any way affected by physical occurrences. Clearly, since God is the creator of all things, if He wanted to create Himself a body, He could. In fact, it was necessary to prove something.
God created the world to have fellowship with man. He placed man in the garden and gave him dominion over all of creation. But through rebellion, sin entered the world. God had to send His Son to conquer sin. Only Yeshua, the only man without sin, could complete the assignment given to father Abraham. Genesis 17:1 When Abram was 99 years old, Adonai appeared to Abram, and He said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Continually walk before Me and you will be blameless.”
Abraham wasn’t perfect. Neither were Isaac or Jacob, and Jacob’s sons were far from perfect. In fact, instead of getting more perfect (blameless), each generation became less perfect. God needed to intervene. His intervention was to send His Son, Yeshua.
Does it sound too good to be true? Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest He become angry, and you perish along your way – since His wrath may flare up suddenly. Happy is everyone taking refuge in Him! If being right with God depends on us, we will always come up short. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not from yourselves – it is the gift of God. Still sound too good to be true? It’s not just New Testament. Psalm 81:11(10) I am Adonai your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
Thank You, Lord, for Your completed work. John 19:30 When Yeshua tasted the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. Thank God, it is finished.