Who Jesus The Messiah Is and How He Changed My Life
I WAS A HYPOCRITE
I grew up in a typical “Christian” environment. I thought I was a Christian, but I was a hypocrite! I said I loved God, but I hated my fellow man. As a child I was mistreated and it made me an angry person! My thoughts reeled with visions of revenge. I wanted to even the score! Oh, I put on a “nice face,” but it was only a thin veil for a hate-filled heart within. Yes, I read my Bible, I prayed, and I went to church, but it didn’t affect my life. I was a two-faced hypocrite!
SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS
Eventually it really began to bother me that I was like this. I knew I wasn’t living right. I knew there was something wrong, but I couldn’t figure it out. I searched desperately for answers, but I couldn’t seem to find them. It appeared that no one could come up with the answers for me. Yet, I was determined to find them. I didn’t give up looking. I kept on!
I believed in Hell, and I knew I didn’t want to go there. I knew there were things I had done that were wrong, and it bothered me. I wanted peace within, but it alluded me. I believed in God, the Creator-God, but I couldn’t see how he could accept me with all my sin. What was I to do? Surely, if there was a solution, God would have the answer.
MOSES’ LAWS LIKE A MIRROR
Oh, how the laws of Moses condemned me! The Law told me not to steal – guilty was I. It told me to not covet – guilty again. It told me to honor my parents – guilty yet again. It told me not to commit adultery – according to Jesus, I was guilty of this too. It told me not to murder – again, according to Jesus I was guilty. Yes, again, and again, and again, it showed me my fault, just as a mirror would reveal dirt on my face! Again, and again, it showed me, God is holy, but you’re not. What was I to do? Clearly, I had broken God’s holy laws! What about my sin? My sin had separated me from my holy God and surely He would condemn me to Hell! I knew there was nothing at all I could do about my sin. I felt so troubled within! Driven to despair. Hating my life. Finally, finally, the break through came!
You see, I had for so long, looked to myself for the answer. Surely there was something I needed to do, but that was the lie. I could do nothing, nothing at all. My eyes needed to look to the One that was spoken about in the book of Moses. The One of whom, “The LORD God said to the serpent, ‘…her [Eve’s] offspring; he [the Deliver] shall bruise your head [the serpent or Satan].’” (Genesis 3:14-15) (Notice, it did not say Adam’s offspring, but hers!) The One that was pictured in Abel’s offering. The One that would come from Abraham’s lineage. He who would be a blessing to “all the nations.” (Genesis 22:18) The One that was pictured by Isaac on the altar. The One that was pictured in all those sacrifices of old! The One who would be known as the Messiah. The One who would be the Deliver from sin. For the gospels say, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) He was my only hope. Someone sinless would have to take the punishment for my sin. This Someone, was Jesus Christ, the Messiah! He had to die, just like the lambs in the sacrifices! It was then that I saw – He took the wrath of God for my sin. I believe! I believe! He took my place! He was punished instead of me! It was the solution! For it was written in the gospels, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) My life was forever changed! He came to take away my sin!
IT WAS LIKE I HAD BEEN CHANGED FROM
A CATERPILLAR TO A BUTTERFLY!
I WAS FREE AT LAST!
Suddenly, I had love for others – even those who had hated me and mistreated me! No longer was I a slave to sin. I was free! My misery was gone! I knew I was forgiven by God. I knew that now He would accept me into His holy Heaven, because His Son had paid my sin-debt for me! In turn I was given the very righteousness of Christ Himself! I didn’t need to earn my way into Heaven by being good – it was a gift. For it is written, “For the wages of sin is death, but the FREE GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) This is why we can “know” that we are going to Heaven. It is because Jesus Christ paid the penalty of “death” for my sin. The wrath of God already fell on Jesus for my sin. There is no wrath left for me. That is why God says, “I write these things to you who BELIEVE in the name of the Son of God [Jesus the Messiah], that you may KNOW that you HAVE eternal life.” (1John 5:13) Now at last I had the assurance that I “have eternal life”!
WHY MUST HE DIE?
You see, Jesus had to die. It was God’s plan from the very beginning. In the writings of the first book of Moses, its says that the Deliver from sin would be, “her offspring.” This means that one of the descendants of Eve, and not Adam, would be the Deliver. This also means that he would not have an earthly father, but God Himself was His father. We also read in the first book of Moses, in Genesis 3:15, that the Messiah would have his “heel” bruised by the serpent – Satan. This showed that the Messiah would have to die. Yet, on the third day He would rise to life from among the dead ones. For in Psalm 16:10 it says, “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.” Yet, in thus dying, he paid our sin-debts, and therefore brought a mighty blow to the serpent – the devil. For it was also written in Genesis 3:15, “He [the Messiah] shall bruise your [the serpent’s] head.” Therefore, Jesus the Messiah, and not the serpent – Satan, won the victory at the cross that day. For Jesus cried from the cross in victory, “It is finished”! (Gospel of John 19:30)
Further, throughout the writing of Moses, the Torah, it is shown that many lambs had to die in place of the one who sinned. We are also told repeatedly that these lambs that were to be killed, had to “be without blemish.” That it had to be a “male.” Also, that they were “not to break any of its bones.” (Exodus 12:5-6 & 46) This was fulfilled in Jesus the Messiah. For it is written in the Gospel of John, “Behold, the LAMB of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Yes, Jesus the Messiah was “without blemish,” that is no sin. He was a “male.” Neither were any of His “bones” broken when they killed Him. For once more, in the Gospel of John, 19:33, we read, “But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.”
Understand then, that the one who was to die in our place had to be sinless. Only Jesus the Messiah qualified. No other would do.
We must remember too, the words written in the books of Moses, Leviticus 17:11, “It is the blood that makes atonement for your souls.” That is why it is also written, “Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22) Then also it is says, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) See then, that the penalty for our sin is “death.” That means separation from God now and through eternity. Our only hope is that someone sinless would die in our place. That is exactly what Jesus the Messiah did for you and me! This is why Jesus the Messiah had to die. Without Him, we would have no hope.
Oh, how glad I am that I now stand as innocent in His holy sight! I am now His beloved. Oh how tremendously thrilling to experience His unconditional love for even me!
Look, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, loves you too. He did the same for you as He did for me! Do you believe? Will you place your trust in Him, as the one who is able to save you from the penalty for your sin?
IS THE MESSIAH GOD?
Maybe you don’t believe the Messiah is God, but it is true. In the beginning of the writings of Moses, it says, “In the beginning, God.” (Genesis 1:1) The Hebrew meaning here for God [Elohim] is a plurality. Yes, God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet, one God. Jesus Himself claimed the title, “I AM.” This is the same title that God identified Himself with when He sent Moses to go into Egypt and deliver His people. In the second book of Moses it is written, “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM,’ And he said, ‘Say this to the people…I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14) This too, is the same title Jesus claimed when on Earth. He said, “For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” (**Gospel of John 8:24) Look, either Jesus is who He claimed to be, or He is a liar and someone we can’t trust at all. Besides, could anyone other than God raise the dead, heal the sick, die and rise from among the dead? Has any other ever accomplished such things? The reality is, that the things He did, give full support for who He claimed to be – God. Do you believe?
You see, the only solution for our sin, was for God to come to Earth as a man. This, that He could take the penalty for our sin – death.
KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO HEAVEN NOW
My prayer is that you too, come to see what a wonderful Savior Jesus is! He really does love you! He proved that love by coming to Earth and dying on the cross for you. Trust Him today as your Savior. It is my love for you, that compels me to write these things. I want you to know that your sins can be forgiven you and that you can know that you are on the way to God’s holy Heaven!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.”
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God
that you may
that you HAVE
**”Scripture taken from KJV Literal Translation Bible, First Edition, Copyright © 2006 Used by permission of the copyright holder, Jay P. Green, Sr.”