Was Yeshua Successful? Part 8 Rabbi Michael Weiner
Today we will illuminate the 3rd stated (by me previously) purpose of Yeshua’s coming. But first, let’s review. Jewish people are usually averse to receiving Yeshua as Messiah, mostly because the rabbis of His day (2,000 years ago) rejected His claim of deity. Yeshua said of Himself … John 10:30 I and the Father are one.
When He spoke those words, His hearers knew exactly what He meant. He was making Himself the Echad (One) of Deuteronomy 6:4. But, rather than receive the good news, those leaders rebelled against such a claim. John 10:31 Again the Judean leaders picked up stones to stone Him … 33b The Judean leaders answered, “Though You are a man, You make Yourself God!”
And so today, we have a strange situation. Millions of Jewish people have allowed the ancient rabbis to make a critical (life changing) decision for them, without investigating for themselves. Please join me in prayer. Oh Lord, open the eyes, ears, hearts, and minds of Your people, Israel. Bring them (especially their leaders) into your family. Graft in the natural branches and make your family whole. In Yeshua’s name. Amen.
3. He came to provide the perfect atonement.
His once-for-all-time sacrifice is the perfect life (sinless without spot or wrinkle, which goes back to the Exodus 12:5 Passover lamb) which was freely given for the perfect life lost (in Adam). This is the only way justice could be achieved (a life for a life).
Was Yeshua successful in bringing justice to the world? Yeshua stated His purpose for coming to earth as a man. Matthew 18:11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. (This verse is only found in some manuscripts.) Let me ask you a question. What was lost? God spoke it in Genesis 2:17 But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil you must not eat. For when you eat from it, you most assuredly will die!
But Adam (and Eve) did eat! What died was the intimate, connected relationship they had with Father God. Adam and Eve (and consequently all their offspring, including you and me) became like cut flowers. We look pretty and smell good, but we are dead, rotting and eventually worthless without any connection to the nourishment of the vine.
Yeshua had to come, to pay with His own perfect life (to make up for – or atone for – the perfect life lost in Adam) so that we all could live. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also has come through a Man. For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah will all be made alive.
That is the justice Yeshua achieved through His once-for-all-time sacrifice. The perfect life for the perfect life. We had a sin problem, and you can’t fix a sin problem with a life of sin. Only the Tzadik, Yeshua, could do that.
Rabbi Trail: A Tzaddik is one who lives a sinless life, even able to control every thought. No man is a Tzadik. Only God, Himself, could achieve that level of perfection. Many orthodox Jews believe the Lubavitcher Rebbe is that Tzadik. As Messianic Jews, we don’t.
Matthew 24:4-5 Yeshua answered them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray! For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will lead many astray.
The enemy thought, if he could just kill the Messiah, that would defeat God’s purposes. But Yeshua rose from the dead in victory over death, a victory that we who believe are still enjoying today. Let’s give Peter the last word. 1 Peter 4:12-13 Loved ones, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal taking place among you to test you – as though something strange were happening to you. Instead, rejoice insofar as you share in the sufferings of Messiah, so that at the revelation of His glory you may also rejoice and be glad.