Proof that Yahshua is the Christ
What is the foundation upon which our faith is built? What is the meaning of the tremendous events of that last week in Yahshua’s earthly life? What was accomplished thereby? For the answers, we must look to both the Old and New Testaments, for they are the parts of one book and each proves the autnenticity of the other.
We know the Old Testament is truly the inspired word of Yahweh, because its greatest prophecies were fulfilled in the New Testament. We know the New Testament is also the inspired word of Yahwe. Its great events were those which had been prophesied in the Old Testament.
Remembering this, let us review the scriptures dealing with Yahshua’s ministry and see just what He accomplished. We need not review the fall of Adam, causing the loss of our original position in Yahweh’s plan. This made necessary a Redeemer for Yahweh’s children, eventually to be known as Israel, this is familiar to all Christians. The Redeemer is one of the principle themes of the Bible. Most of it in the Old Testament, is not generally understood because so much of it is stated in the form of symbols and ritual.
The first promise of a Redeemer is found in Genesis 3:15, Yahweh had called Adam, Eve and Satan before Him to account for their actions. Yahweh told Satan, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between THY SEED and HER SEED: He shall crush thy seed and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The Redeemer who destroys the power of Satan, is to be a descendant of Eve. The time when He would come is not stated yet. It is obvious from certain other verses of scripture, that Yahweh further told them, in considerable detail that He Himself would be the Redeemer. He would pay the price for us and the panalty of death.
Abel knew this, for he understood the necessity and the significance of the blood sacrifice. In Hebrews 11:4 Paul tells us, “BY FAITH, Abel offered unto Yahweh a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.” You can’t possibly have faith in something that you have never heard of, so this confirms Abel’s knowledge of the promised redemption. There is also another clear evidence of this. Yahweh had said, in the presence of Eve, that the Redeemer would be of her seed or descendant, though He didn’t specify in which gneration He would come.
When Eve bore her first child Cain, the King James Bible quotes her as saying, “I have gotten a man from the Lord.” In the original Hebrew, what she said was, “I have gotten a man, even Yahweh.” Yahweh, as most of you know, is the name of our God. Eve thought that her first born child would be the Redeemer, Yahweh born in a human body. Well, she is not the only one who has hoped for redemption before the appointed time. Note however, Eve UNDERSTOOD THE REDEEMER WAS TO BE YAHWEH.
In further consideration of this, the great prophecy of Isaiah 9:6, which all agree refers to Yahshua says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, THE MIGHTY YAHWEH, the Prince of Peace.” In fulfillment of it, Yahshua told the apostle Philip, recorded in John 14:9, “He that hat seen me hath seen the Father.”
It was not merely death alone that could make the sacrifice, which brings redemption, for all things die under the curse of sin. Emphasis was always laid upon the shedding of blood, a violent death of the sacrifice, not the natural death of ordinary mortality. In Leviticus 17:11 we are told, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you, upon the altar to make an atonement for your sould.” In Hebrews 9:22 Paul says, “For almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission.”
The blood sacrifices of the Old Testament were never intended to be considered as sufficient in themselves. They were just symbolic of the great sacrifice which was to be made, not by us but for us, by Yahweh. In the thousands of years this knowledge was carried down from generation to generation, it was heard by the surrounding pagan people, who lacked the spiritual insight which Yahweh gave to His own people Israel. The pagans wove it into their own pagan religions in a distorted and parodied form. To the pagans, man had to make the sacrifice to appease angry gods. Only in our own religion have we the pure truth that Yahweh made the sacrifice to SAVE us.
The great Phatriarchs understood this. Consequently we find the incident, recorded in the Genesis chapter 22, where Yahweh tells Abraham to take his only son Isaac, and offer him as a sacrifice, a burnt offering. Abraham cheerfully starts out to do this, not with the grief of a loving father about to lose his only son, but with serene confidence. When Isaac asked this father, “Behold the fire and the wood: but where is th elamb for a burnt offering? Abraham replied, my son, Yahweh will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” Abraham understood the reality that Yahweh would provide the lamb slain from the foundation of the world as the sacrifice for us. Even in the symbol, the burnt offering, Abraham’s faith was rewarded. Yahweh did provide the ram, caught in the thicket as the sacrifice, so this saved Isaac.
Note: When the Judeo-Christian clergy preach on these verses of scripture they never relate that not only Abraham had faith, but Isaac did also. For he was a grown man, and allowed his father to bind him and to lay him on the altar for a sacrifice without a fight or objection.
Genesis 22:7‑9: “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and ABRAHAM BUILT AN ALTAR THERE, AND LAID THE WOOD IN ORDER, AND BOUND ISAAC HIS SON, AND LAID HIM ON THE ALTAR UPON THE WOOD ”
Yahshua’s authenticity and authority as Redeemer depended upon His being the one named in the Old Testament as such, the one who fulfills the Old Testament prophecies. He recognized this as He always cited these prophecies as proof of His authority. Yahshua opened His ministry this way, Luke 4:16-20 tells it as follows: “And he came to Nazareth where he had been brought up; and as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it is written, the spirit of Yahweh is upon me, becauxse he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the broken hearte, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering sight to the bind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of Yahweh, And he began to say unto them. THIS DAY IS SCRIPTURE FULFILLED IN YOUR EARS.” At the very start, He quoted Isaiah 61:1-2 as His authority.
In John 5:39, 46 Yahshua told the jews, “Search the scriptures: for in themye think ye have eternal life: and it is they which testify of me. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” When John the Baptist was in prison, he began to wonder if he ould have been mistaken and sent some of his disciples to as Yahshua, “Art thou he that should come,or do we look for another?” Yahshua again based His authority on the scriptures, for in the Matthew chapter 11 he told John’s disciples, “Go and shot John again these things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
Yahshua was not merely saying, report that I do miracles, for this would not have been proof. The magicians at Pharaoh’s court were able to duplicate a number of the miracles that Moses performed. The things which Yahshua reminded them of were all mentioned in Isaiah 3:5-6 and 29:18-19.
What Yahshua really was teling John the Baptist, “John you knw the scriptures, remember what Isaiah said, you see I am fulfilling his prophecies. I need not bost of myself, the scriptures identify me.” In Matthew 5:17 Yahshua said, “Think not that I come to destry the law or the prophets: I AM NOT COME TO DESTROY, BUT TO FULFILL.”
As Yahshua recognized, the proof of His identity and of what He accomplished, does not rest upon His ability to perform miracles. Ths shallow and unspiritual jews constantly demanded that He perfomr a miracle as a sign to prove who and what He was. He always refused, for that would have proved nothing.The proof must and did consist of His fulfillment of those Old Testament prophecies which foretold what the Messiah, the Redeemer, would do when He came.