The Living Yeshua or the Dying Jesus

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

There are two Saviors presented to the world today, the living Messiah of Isra’el named Yeshua and the dying Jesus of the catholic church.  We each have to choose which one came from the Spirit of Truth and which one came from the ‘father of lies.’

The Creator, Yahweh, loves us and sent His Son for us to be in relationship with Him. He does not live in a church or a mosque or even a synagogue.  God is Spirit and wants to live in our hearts and give us life to the fullest.   Many call him Jesus, but who is Jesus, really?

Catholic Jesus

The Jesus of the Bible did not belong to any modern-day or historic institutional church. He was not Methodist, Lutheran, Penecostal or even Evangelical. Each of these denominations have their roots in the Roman catholic church before and since the Reformation. Each of these denominations still continue to observe all of the holy days instituted by the papal hierarchy: Sunday, Easter and Christ Mass as well as St. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and All Saint’s Day.

The Jesus of the Bible was not catholic.  He did not speak Latin nor did his name have a Latin root.  He did not live in Rome.  His ‘holy father’ was not the Pope.  He didn’t wear or use a rosary.  He did not go to mass.  He never crossed himself.  He never saw ‘holy water’.  He never taught in Vatican City.

Jewish Yeshua

The Jesus written about in the Bible had a Jewish ancestry.   He had a Jewish mother and father whose Hebrew names were Miriam and Yosef.    He was given a Hebrew name that means salvation in the language that he and his family spoke.  He was circumcised on the eighth day of his life and given the name Yeshua. He grew up as a boy in Nazareth, in the Galilee region of Isra’el.   When he was a man, he taught in the Temple of Jerusalem and in the synagogues near his home in Capernaum.

The Manmade Priesthood

“Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” (Isaiah 8:19).

Mary is dead.  Yeshua did not exalt her.

“As Yeshua was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.’  Yeshua replied.  ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:26-28).

Peter is dead. Paul is dead.  Every saint that a catholic prays to and honors on All Saints Day are dead.  We are not to pray for or to dead people.  When we pray to dead people and get answers, it is not God.  It is an evil spirit.   The Bible calls this witchcraft.   To pray to another person or thing is called idolatry.  The catholic church is full of idols, images, statues made of stone of people who are dead.

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord …” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

The Living Intercessor

You are sad.  You are hurting.  You need changes in your life.   You feel lost and alone.  Everything in your world is falling apart and no matter what you do, nothing gets better.  You become angry and bitter.  You become enraged and jealous over little things.  Yet, your heart continues to pound in your body while darkness seems to engulf your life.  There seems to be no way out.  You want to die.

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will not die, but have life eternal” (John 3:16).

Sin is missing the goal of God’s rules, it is breaking His commandments.  But it goes deeper than what we do, it’s what begins in our hearts.  Our anger and our bitterness is like murder to God.  Our lusts for people and worship of things is like adultery to Him.  This iniquity in our hearts and the sin it produces has consequences, death.

In order to remove our sin, God requires a blood sacrifice.   Our blood is stained with sin and isn’t good enough to cleanse us.   Animal blood covers sin, but doesn’t remove it forever.  Yeshua is called the ‘Lamb of God’ because he poured out his blood.  His blood had no stain of sin.  His blood was righteous enough to take away the sins of the world and remove the consequence of eternal death.    The Bible say that if a person believes by faith that Yeshua’s blood takes away their sins and gives them life, they have life.

There is more, however.  More than Jesus remaining nailed to the cross or the crucifix.  He was taken down from the cross and buried in a tomb.  Three days later,  Yeshua rose from the dead.

No human being had ever done that before … or since.   He was raised from the dead by the power of God’s Spirit.   After being in a tomb for three days and three nights, Yeshua was brought back to life never to die again.  He is a living Savior and offers a new life to each one of us.

To enter into that new life, Yeshua says we must be born again of water and the Spirit.  It is someone we receive by faith.  We do not have to strive, work, or force anything.  God’s gift of salvation is free.   Yeshua made the way for you to ask and God will make you a new creation.

Have you ever seen a mustard seed?  It is very tiny.  Yeshua said that all it takes is the faith of a mustard seed to believe and the mountains in your life will move. 

For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (Matthew 17:20).

When God changes your heart and His Spirit comes to live in you, you will have peace.  You will not strive, you will stop searching.   You will not be desperate to find Him as He will be in your heart and soul.  Your tears of sadness will be turned to tears of joy.  Your darkness will be turned to light.  You will have a new life – a life from the dead. 

You must choose between the living Messiah of Isra’ell or the Jesus who remains hanging on the cross?

“I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  He is not the God of the dead but of the living” (Matthew 22:32).

The Jesus of the catholic church died and the Yeshua of Nazareth also died.  But, only one of them rose from the dead.  Only one of them has been removed from the cross.  Yahweh, our Creator, our Father, wants a personal relationship with each of us.   He wants each one of us to be able to talk to Him, know Him, and love Him personally.   His love is so great for us  that He went to extraordinary means to return us back to Himself through the death and resurrection of His Son. 

When Yeshua asked Peter who people thought he was, Peter answered, 

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the LIVING GOD.” When the women went looking for Yeshua at his tomb, he was not there.   He was alive!  He is alive!”

*Note:  This was written  for a special person who needs Yeshua in their life.  Please pray.

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