Revelation of the Messiah
God prefers the simple.
God doesn’t care how smart you are. God doesn’t care how strong you are. God doesn’t choose the weak over the strong because the weak are greater than the strong but because it doesn’t matter. God doesn’t choose the simple over the genius because simple people are greater than geniuses but because it doesn’t matter. How smart you are matters about as much as your skin color or your height or any other physical quality. It doesn’t matter to God. What matters is love.
God chooses the small and the simple to make this point. With the Bible God has communicated to us in a manner that is embraced by the simple and mocked by most of academia. Considering the great significance of the Bible as the centerpiece of God’s communication to His creation, it must be true that our equality is one of the most important things God wants to communicate to us. God loves all His children equally. To drive this point home, God consistently prefers the simple.
We should expect that the true message of the Bible will be remarkable simple. So simple that everyone should have been able to see it, but God veiled our eyes, so we couldn’t see it. The “revelation”, or the lifting of the veil is when God allows us to see the simple explanation to the Bible. The Bible is simple, the coming of Messiah is simple, but the coming of Messiah is more elaborate than what most people seem to expect.
The coming of the Messiah.
Israel waits for a Messiah to come like a knight in shining armor, but the story of the Messiah is far more incredible than the story of a hero coming to the rescue. Jesus is the Messiah, the Jewish Messiah, a remarkable story that has played out over two thousand years, but the Christians got much of His message completely wrong. The fundamental error of Christianity has to do with Jesus’ statement that He is the only way to the Father. This is naturally interpreted to mean that a person must believe in Jesus and become a Christian to go to Heaven. This leads to the idea that God created the world to have children who freely made the choice to be His children. But with the inequalities of our world such a yardstick is not fair and since God transcends time it seems unlikely that creation would be a test or experiment. God knows the outcome.
The reason for the Messiah
Creation must provide something to God which is essential considering the nature of God. This seems impossible. Since God has all power and knowledge, it must be true that God is not lacking in anything. Yet it is also true that emotions must be experienced so while God may eternally possess the wisdom of the human experience, it must be true that there is a human experience. A world of conflict between good and evil must exist contained within the borders of time for the wisdom gained by creation to be eternally part of God. It is truly inconceivable that the infinitely powerful and all-knowing God doesn’t understand sorrow or compassion or forgiveness or loneliness or any of all the other incredible emotions that humans have experienced. Emotions cannot be calculated they must be experienced and these emotions could never have been experienced without a world of good and evil. Creation must exist because the wisdom that is gained by creation is something that is and must be part of God.
But God not only had to create a world of good and evil, He also had to create humans who could go back and forth between good and evil. This leaves God with children who are imperfect and need to be purified and that’s where the Messiah comes in. The Messiah didn’t come to determine who would embrace God…God already knew that. The Messiah came to establish the Kingdom of God which requires the redemption of the imperfect children of God. That is the promise that God gave to Abraham…that all the nations would be blessed by his seed.
The simple solution to the greatest riddle in the Bible.
Christians say that Jesus is part of a three in one God. That’s not exactly true, but not entirely false. God transcends time, but since Jesus came into the world and lived as a human it should be clear that Jesus does not transcend time. God created time in a way that allowed Him to send part of Himself into time. We each have a soul created by God, but the soul within Jesus came from the essence of God. Coming from God, and returning to God so that He is separated from God only in time and there is only one God in eternity…in the infinity that transcends time.
The Messiah is perfect and fulfills the Law by completely living up to the Law. Returning to oneness with God as He must do at the end of time, Jesus must discard His flesh and it becomes completely fair for our flesh to be discarded. Our spirit is judged separately on the Day of Judgment, so we are found worthy of eternal life and we are given a new body. Some will question the timing of Christ giving up His body and taking on a glorified body, but it doesn’t matter exactly when Jesus discards His body. Christ redeems all the children of God by giving up His body like He said He would. “This is my body given for you.”
This may sound too simple to believe, but it’s also too simple to have gone unnoticed for two thousand years without Divine intervention. It means that Jesus is completely consistent with the Jewish Scriptures. Jesus is Lord, but there is only one God and God did not punish Christ for our sins. He is bruised for our transgressions, but there is no transfer of responsibility. God does not punish someone for what another person has done.
This also reconciles all the conflicting passages in the New Testament. God predetermined who would go to Heaven, yet we are judged by our works. We only make it to Heaven through Christ, but that doesn’t mean we have to be a Christian. We can still be punished in time for our sins, but Christ provides us with eternal life in the kingdom of God regardless of our religious belief or non-belief.
Behold your God.
The best reason for the Jews to re-evaluate Jesus is because modern Israel has fulfilled prophecy. The Messiah was supposed to restore Israel, but where is the Messiah now that Israel has been restored? Looking back at the incredible events and victories that have established modern Israel it must be true that the Messiah is the Lord. Jesus was rejection for this claim, but fulfilled prophecies in modern times have confirmed what Jesus claimed. The existence of Modern Israel should make it abundantly clear that the Messiah is the Lord. The Messiah is also someone who is born Jewish, a descendant of David. How many Jews have claimed to be the Lord? Surely that can’t be a very long list. How many rose from the dead?
Another thing that Christians have gotten wrong is the second coming. The second coming is thought of as a second lifetime. Jesus didn’t die and then go away so that we are waiting for someone to return from the dead. Jesus rose from the dead and went away a living person. We are waiting for a living man to return. He may be two thousand years old, but Methuselah lived almost a thousand years and he wasn’t even the Lord. Like Moses who went up the mountain to be with God then returned, Jesus went up to be with God but will return. Jesus is like Moses in many ways.
The Messiah is alive, and while He has not returned physically, He has restored Israel, He has led Israel to victory, and He is alive in Israel now. In a sense He is still on His "first coming" in that He is still alive. Jesus has now done everything the Messiah is foretold to do except for what He will do when He returns in the flesh. Read the gospels. Forget everything the Christian have told you about Jesus, but read the gospels. Behold the Jewish Messiah. Behold your God.