How Culture and Tradition Can Deprive You of Eternal Life

COPYRIGHT WARNING

Surprisingly, a person will give greater credibility to an instant expert of their own generation–rather than those who are the recorders of history itself.

Has God given us advanced notice for who the Messiah will be? Did He leave us with credible methods for determining the true identity of the “Prophet like Moses?”

It is possible that we might miss our opportunity for eternal life, by listening to those who feed us information–without our questioning whether this information is factually based? The best source for true knowledge about God and His Messiah, are the Hebrew scriptures themselves. The prophet Isaiah told us who the Messiah would be:

Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAHWEH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’

Isaiah’s describes God as our salvation. This is a hint that the Messiah will be God Himself who comes to save us. It is interesting that the name Jesus is Yeshua in the Hebrew language, which means Jehovah is my salvation. Jesus (Gr. Iesous or Lesous) is the Greek form of Joshua.[1] Isaiah said that God is my salvation. This is the same name (Jesus) which the angel told Mary she should call her son, because He will “save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Luke gives an identical account of the angel’s words to Mary and adds the detail that Jesus will be the Son of God and have the throne of His father David.

Luke 1:30-32 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.”

It is amazing today that anyone would question whether Jesus is the Son of God, based on what the Old and New Testaments reveal. Many liberal theologians have stated that Jesus never claimed to be the Son of God, and the Bible nowhere makes any assertion to this fact. The Old Testament prophecies of the Bible as well as the New Testament scriptures which show the fulfillment of those prophecies, all point to the certainty that the Messiah will be the Son of God.

The Bible teaches that the Messiah will be the Son of God:

There are seven Hebrew prophecies that either state or allude to the fact that the Messiah will be the Son of God. The seventh, although not referring directly to the Son, is generally understood to be a Messianic prophecy, describing the coming of God’s Son and those who are waiting for Him.

Prophecy 50
2 Samuel 7:14 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.”

Prophecy 57
1 Chronicles 17:13 “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son…”

Prophecy 63
Psalms 2:7 “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’ ”

Prophecy 128
Psalms 89:26 “He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ ”

Prophecy 156
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know?

Prophecy 171
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God.

Prophecy 195
Isaiah 33:2 O LORD, be gracious to us; We have waited for You.

With such a great witness to the Messiah as the Son of God, why do a majority of Jews today find it impossible to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, due largely to His claim to be the Son of God?

At the time Jesus lived in Israel, there was great anticipation that the Messiah would arrive to redeem Israel from the oppression of the Roman government. It was believed that He would accomplish this either by a change in the law, or by force. There was, however, no anticipation that the Messiah would come to give His own life as a ransom for the sins of all men.

This is surprising considering key verses of scripture such as Isaiah chapter 53, which vividly describes the Messiah as dying for the sins of the world.

It is interesting how the culture of the day, or the traditions that men hold at a particular moment of history, can either greatly influence a person to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, or reject Him altogether. This was the case when Jesus came to earth the first time and it is certainly the case today. Many Jews find themselves unable to receive Jesus, chiefly because of incorrect teaching and inaccurate assumptions. At the present time, it is culturally unacceptable to receive Jesus as the Messiah; therefore, most Jews will not investigate whether He meets the criteria by His fulfillment of the Hebrew scriptures. Men and woman are being lost eternally, because they listen to the words of others rather than investigate and decide for themselves.

When the facts are evaluated, and the Old Testament prophecies are read and understood—while being compared with what Jesus has said and done, it is unmistakable that He is the One to whom these scriptures were written.

Many self proclaimed experts of the Bible who do not believe that Jesus is anything more than a ordinary man, postulate that we cannot trust the New Testament because it was written thousands of years ago. They make this statement while at the same time requiring us to believe that they are greater experts of the events which took place 2,000 years ago, than those who actually recorded them.

It is reasonable that the testimony of those who were alive during the time these events occurred, or shortly thereafter, are more accurate and reliable than the observations and opinions of anyone living today.

It is quite disingenuous for a modern man to assume that he knowns more about history than those who were there when history took place.

I am a Gentile like the Centurion of Prophecy 185, who believes that Jesus is the promised Messiah. I believe this because of honest men who were there when Jesus walked the earth and recorded these events for us.

I pray that my dear friends—Jews all around the world, will be helped in some small way by this publication so that they may also believe and be saved.

If you are like me, a Gentile, then you have the most wonderful opportunity of your lifetime: to believe upon the Son of God and be saved. There is an entirely new world of adventure waiting for you as you come into an awareness of Jesus and the purpose that He has for you and your life. I pray for you that you find that purpose in Jesus and discover just how wonderful He is.

You might begin here with articles which documents the historical facts of Jesus death and resurrection: “The Certainty of the Resurrection” and “Empirical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ” and “Jesus: He is the Most Interesting Man in the World.


NOTES:
[1] Strongs Number 2424, Thayer and Smith. “Greek Lexicon entry for Iesous”