The Messiah - Part 5

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.          Genesis 49:10

Jacob gave this prophecy when he laid upon his bed just before his death. This was years after the time he and his family came into Egypt to be with Joseph because of the great famine that they had in their own land of Canaan. He extends the prophecy of the promised deliverer or Messiah that came from his father Isaac which received the prophecy from Abraham. Now Jacob tells his sons that the promised lineage will come through Judah. This makes the future Messiah a king or lawgiver.

So one might say that Jesus Christ died on a cross and did not become a king. Again a reminder to all who question. He came first to address the greatest human need. Redemption. He had to do something to get us back to God. The whole human race was apart from God because sin had entered the world through the fall of Adam and Eve. Sin separates us from God. God is holy.

The law that was given to Moses shows us how holy God is and how sinful man is. There is a big gap of separation that happened when Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan's lie instead of believing God when God said not to partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was a test to see if they would just believe God.

We are saved today by that same simple message. Just believe. If we believe then we would obey God. True faith brings forth obedience. If we see a person who calls themselves Christians and do not do what Jesus Christ teaches then they are not walking in true faith. If we truly believe, we will truly obey. Unbelief kills and hinders today just as it did in the garden of Eden. The devil planted a seed of doubt into Eve questioning the word of God. Remember God said that if they ate of the tree of good and evil they would die. Satan came along and cast doubt into Eve. His words were,

"Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
Genesis 3:4-5

He planted unbelief into them and the unbelief caused the fall of the whole future human race. Unbelief in the Word of God still kills and destroys to this day. Millions refuse God's gift of eternal life and salvation be refusing to believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gave his earthly life to pay the penalty for our sins and many either ignore this, refuse this and are missing a chance to be saved from sin and inherit eternal life.

You might say, "How do I know this is true, there are many religions." Yes there are many religions even Christian religions who are missing the truth. Some Christian religions do not allow Jesus Christ to personally enter their lives and cleanse them from sin. We have to be cleansed from sin in order to be reconciled to God.

Sin separates from God. Sin has to be dealt with. That is what people do not see. We can't stay in our sins and be saved. We can't get rid of sin ourselves by doing good. We need a savior. We need something stronger than anything on the earth including religion. We need the very Son of God, Jesus Christ in order to be saved and inherit eternal life. It is not a religion it is the Son of God.

God came in the flesh 2000 years ago through the lineage of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Judah. A virgin called Mary brought forth a son named Jesus who fulfilled many of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah that some of the Jewish people still are waiting for.

Jesus already fulfilled many of these prophecies and will fulfill more of them at His second coming. No he didn't become a ruling king at His first coming because the sin question had to be taken care of first. When Jesus returns a second time then He will be a ruling King and fulfill the second part of the prophecy of the coming Messiah.

The second coming is the one in which the people of God are gathered together and will overcome all enemies. The first coming was for gathering us to Jesus Christ for inner salvation from sin. The second will be the physical salvation from all enemies of Christ and the eternal purpose of God.

The part the Jewish people missed 2000 years ago was that they needed first to be saved from sin and reconciled to God. We humans do not see ourselves as sinners especially if we are naturally good people who do good deeds and are kind. Yet in the book of Romans, it says that All Have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We are born into sin. All of us need to be saved. We are lost until we come to Jesus Christ (God in the flesh), Emmanuel, Prince of Peace.

This I shall attempt to bring out in further studies of Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus Christ to prove that He is the Messiah of Israel and savior of the whole world. He didn't come just to save Israel but all races, tribes and people who would just simply believe in Him.

Messiah Index







Son of Abraham

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

The Anointed One
part 1
part 2
part 3

The Messiah's Birth
part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

The Forerunner
part 1
part 2
part 3

The Son of God
part 1

part 2

His Ministry
part 1
part 2
part 3

part 4

Prophet & Priest
part 1
part 2

Suffering Messiah
part 1

part 2
part 3
part 4

Death & Resurrection
part 1
part 2

 

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