Unlike any other god, Yeshua came to earth to live among us. He came to reveal God to us and to show us the way of salvation. Salvation is not just to be saved from hell, but to be saved to eternal life with God; to be healed mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually; to be delivered from the power of the enemy; to be made whole body, mind and spirit; and to be victorious and prosperous. Prosperous can mean that you are wealthy in the world’s goods but to be prosperous in the Kingdom is to live in abundant peace, patience, joy, love, faith, humility, goodness, kindness, and self-control. These are things money cannot buy.
Yeshua was with God, He was God before the creation of the world. (John 1:1-2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.”) Yet, He willingly laid aside all of His authority, His power, His glory and all the trappings of being King and came to earth to destroy the power of the enemy and reunite us with God.
Philippians 2:5-8 highlights this willingness: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ…”
1 John 1:38 “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
Yeshua came to show us how to live the Kingdom life. Luke 22:27 “For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.”
Acts 10:38 tells us, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Hebrews 5:14 tells us, “we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Isaiah 53:7 prophesied, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth”
And Matthew 27:12-14 records, Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” 12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Yeshua lived His life fully committed to God:
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. John 5:30
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. John 14:10
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. John 5:19
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 6:38
And in Hebrews 5:8, Paul writes this, “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”
Suffering? Yes. Here is the one and only Son of God, who gave up everything to come to earth and set us free. He not only gave up heaven and all His position and power and took on flesh and blood and the life of an ordinary man, He fully submitted Himself to God. He spoke what God told Him to speak and did what God told Him to do, without arguing, questioning, or complaining. He didn’t tell others how hard it was or cry out to be delivered from the path God had chosen for Him. Still, He suffered.
In the Garden of Gethsemane He was the only time He cried out. “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39.
But then He went on to say, “O My Father if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26:42
There is no other god like our God. There is no other god that loves us like He does or paid the price to free us like He did. Other gods demand allegiance and hold themselves aloof from those who worship them. None of them came to earth to show us how to live. None of them took our place and bore the punishment we deserved to set us free. Not one of them walked the road of humility and service.
As we focus on Him this week, let’s remember who we are. He loved us so much that He came to earth and showed us how to live. Then He gave His life for us and rose from the dead to show us His victory over death and hell. We, in Him, are victorious. Let us ask Him to teach us how to walk in His ways and continue to reveal His nature with every person we meet. And, let “give thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Sonof His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:12-14.
Have a blessed week gazing at Yeshua HaMashiach, the Son of God. Shalom.