The Way of the Cross

This phrase “the way” is in over 300 places in the Scriptures. Many of ‘the way‘ verses are very significant for those who desire to love the heavenly Father and walk in His Ways.

The Hebrew word for ‘way’ is ‘derek’ <Strong’s # 1870> and it means ‘a road (as trodden), or a course or direction of life, or a manner of action, as in a lifestyle’.

The Way of the Cross

The Scriptures exhort us repeatedly to walk as Messiah walked – to imitate Him, obey Him, and follow His example (John 13:15; 1Peter 2:21; 1John 2:6; 1John 3:16).

Seeking to imitate Messiah’s character is the great desire of everyone who becomes born-again (John 3:3-8; 1Peter 1:23).

One of the most important exhortations for following and imitating Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], are His words found in the gospel of Matthew:

Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

As this verse teaches us, the first step in learning the ways and character of Messiah is to take My yoke upon you.”

To take His yoke upon us is a choice, a decision we make. Each of us must decide whether we will take His yoke upon us, or not. To put off the decision however, and ‘drift’ by making no choice, is actually choosing not to follow Him.

But once we become born-again, once we become a new creation in Messiah, then seeking to follow and imitate Messiah will be our deepest heart’s desire. We will want to follow Him, because we finally understand His remarkable love for us!! (2Corinthians 5:17 and 1John 3:1a)

Once we ‘take His yoke upon us’ then we begin to discover that our life seems to possess an inner confidence, a firmness, and a balance. A great inner peace begins to settle over us.

Outwardly however, among our family and friends, we may have to face rejection or various disruptions or commotions. We encounter resistance to our decision to follow Messiah. Yet, as a new creation in Messiah, we have an unmoveable, inward sense of contentment and direction. We begin to know intimately, the secret truth of Yahushua’s statement: “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30).

His Yoke, His Will

What does it mean, to ‘take His yoke upon me’?

It means to ‘take up our cross’:

Then said Yahushua (Jesus) unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Matthew 16:24)

And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Mark 8:34)

And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (Luke 9:23)

As these verses teach, Yahushua calls His disciples to follow Him by denying self and ‘taking up the cross.’ This is the central meaning of how we ‘take His yoke upon us’.

Taking on Messiah’s yoke, which is really a bondage of love for the Saviour, is demonstrated by willingly taking His will upon us and following Him. There is no compulsion, no forcing, no pressure. Our motivation for following Him, for denying our self and taking His yoke upon us is only based on a motive of LOVE.

This is the essence of what it means to ‘take up our cross’. We love our Saviour, and therefore we ‘take up our cross’ by taking God’s will upon us, so as to obey His Word and walk in His ways. We ‘take up our cross’ by saying the same words Yahushua said: “Not my will, but Your will, Yahuwah [LORD], be done!” (Luke 22:42)

Taking up our cross, sometimes referred to as ‘the way of the cross’, is the message of self-denial. Walking in ‘the way of the cross’ means to live a sacrificial life. We ‘take up our cross’ by giving up our self-life, our willfulness, just as Yahushua Messiah gave up His life. We live a sacrificial life just as He did – by emptying ourselves of self in order to serve God’s interests:

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]: 6) who, though He was in the form of God, He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7) but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8) And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)

Walking in ‘the way of the cross’ is to humble ourselves, to empty ourselves, and to live a self-less life. It is to deny our selfishness, our own agenda, and sometimes, even our rights.

But wait. This message – the way of the cross – is a hard message for ‘SELF’ to accept! It is not popular among half-hearted followers of Messiah.

Every one of us is subject to selfish-ness. We want what we want, when we want it!!! None of us likes the idea of giving up ‘SELF’! We desperately want to enjoy our impulses, cling to our opinions, and trust in our own worldly wisdom.

Without realizing it, many of us are obsessed with such thoughts as, “What ‘I‘ want. What ‘I‘ feel. What ‘I‘ think.” These are expressions of our self-life. But if we are committed to following Yahushua’s example, then what ‘self’ wants, what ‘self’ demands is what we must learn to deny!

Denying of self is one message the enemy of our souls [the devil] works constantly to hide from us. Denying of self is something the devil does not want us to understand and embrace! Why? Because denying ‘self’ is fundamental to Yahushua’s nature, character, and LOVE.

Messiah lived a sacrificial life in every way. He was the most self-LESS man who ever lived. And just as Yahushua lived a self-less life, so also, He calls all who choose to be His disciples to live the sacrificial life as He did – to humble ourselves, deny ourselves, live a self-LESS life, and choose to be obedient to His written Word.

The Love of God

Primarily, Yahushua’s extraordinary love for us is what motivated His sacrificial life:

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1John 3:16)

Messiah laid down His life for us! He denied Himself in every way, even to willingly die on the cross, all because of His love for us! (John 10:17-18).

Because of Yahushua Messiah’s love for us; because Messiah was committed to His Father’s plans and purposes; because He kept His spiritual eyes on the unseen realm (just as we all must do), He therefore knew that His sacrificial life would mean spiritual joy and blessings for multitudes:

… for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2b).

Messiah endured the cross. He endured the torture and suffering of death on the cross, for our sakes, that He might bring us unto glory! (Hebrews 2:10)

The same is true for us.

When we are walking by faith; when we are keeping our eyes on the unseen, eternal realm; when we are committed to living our life within the confines of His yoke [His written Word, His bondage of love], then the sacrificial life becomes our heart’s desire.

With the help of God’s abundant grace, we endure the trials of denying ‘self’ because we love our Saviour. We make the choice to break our own prideful self-willfulness, and humble ourselves, so that we can obey God’s Word and be a pleasing sacrifice unto Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

As this verse teaches us, we present ourselves to Father, every day, moment-by-moment, in order to be an acceptable sacrifice unto Him. We make the necessary sacrifices of denying ‘self’, though very agonizing at times, so that we can please Father by obeying Him. This is how we can remain near to Him, and stay within His pathway of ‘abundant life’ and joy (John 10:10).

We live the sacrificial life, so that we may bring joy and blessings to others. There is no other way to bless others, to reveal Father’s truth to others, unless we live out the way of the cross — living a self-LESS life, a life of self-denial.

Again, the sacrificial life, the denial of ‘self’, is not easy for anyone!! ‘Self’ does not want to hear it!

Denial of ‘Self’

When we make the choice to live a sacrificial life, taking His yoke upon us, then little by little, we begin to learn to break our self-will. We begin to deny our own selfishness, our lusts, and our worldly wisdom. It is costly! Our flesh squirms, resists, and complains. But self-denial is central to experiencing Father’s intimate comfort and guidance. It is central to knowing the joy, the strength, and the excellence of a life of goodness, honour, and love.

Learning to deny ourselves is the key ingredient to a life of significance and strength.

At times, denying ourselves will mean learning to choose affliction, as Moses did, over some supposed pleasure:

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25) choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26) esteeming the reproach of Messiah [Christ] greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto [he looked to] the recompence of the reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26)

Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this (iniquity/wickedness) have you chosen, rather than affliction. (Job 36:21)

We must be on our guard against the enticements of the pleasures of sin and our own carnal, selfish indulgences. Let us recall what are some manifestations of selfish indulgences: bitterness, wrath, anger, loud outcries, evil speaking, malice, fornication [sex outside of marriage], and covetousness (see Ephesians 4:31; 5:3). These things are grieving to the Holy Spirit, and they ought to grieve us as well!

Let us remember also: the pleasures of sin, which are only for a season (temporary), will stain our good conscience, and drag us down spiritually.

But if – with Father’s help – we ‘take up our cross,’ then we will begin to learn that denying of ‘self’, though painful, mysterious, and troubling at times, truly is central to our obedience, our purity, and as we will discover, it is the pathway to our joy!

Denying ourselves by ‘taking up our cross’ means a lifestyle of growing in self-discipline and daily, secret prayer. It means seeking to line-up our thoughts and actions with God’s written Word. It means deliberately making adjustments and sacrifices in order to follow Messiah and obey His Word. This is what ‘take My yoke upon you‘ is all about! This is the way of the cross!

Denying ourselves is to live a life of humble brokenness before the Father, as we continually tell Him, “Not my will, by Your will be done!” It means learning to say ‘no’ to the things that hinder our obedience to Father and to His Word!

An easy-going, non-self-denying life will never be one of power! Self-denial surely means something far greater than some slight and insignificant lessening of our self-indulgences! – J. Hudson Taylor

There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way of the cross: daily self-denial and humility. He who does God’s will and renounces his own is truly very learned! – Thomas a Kempis

It is impossible to love God without loving the cross; and a heart that savors the cross, finds the bitterest things to be sweet. – Madame Guyon

Conclusion

The Scriptures call us to take up our cross and follow Messiah’s example, by enduring the trials of self-denial. It is only by walking in the way of the cross – living the sacrificial life – that we are enabled to be obedient to His Word!

If we truly want to follow in Messiah’s steps, then regardless of our failures, we will begin to earnestly seek the Father in prayer, and in His Word [the Bible]. In order to take up our cross, we must look to Yahuwah Elohim, our Mighty One, and seek His grace, His mercy, and the courage we need. We must be committed to staying within the confines of His wonderful yoke, the bondage of His love.

When we commit our life to follow Messiah, it is then that the heavenly Father is very ready and willing to commit Himself to us and to help us abundantly! When Yahuwah’s children commit their life to follow Him, then He has promised to commit Himself to them:

For the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him [fully committed to Him] . (2Chronicles 16:9a)

The above verse is just one of many awesome promises for those who make a covenant commitment to Yahuwah and begin their life-long journey with Him. Our journey’s end is the salvation of our souls and entering into His kingdom and joy! This is the reward for those whose hearts are devoted to following and obeying the Saviour!

Therefore those who are true Thirsty Souls will begin to embrace ‘the way of the cross’.

Thank You Father, for Your overflowing love for me! Help me learn how to deny myself. Help me present myself to You each day, as a living sacrifice, set-apart for Your purposes. Help me follow You and obey You, by taking Your yoke upon me and learning the way of the cross. In Yahushua’s name, I pray. Amen.

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Trusting the LORD: 4 Tips

Trusting the LORD is an action — an action of faith.

The Bible exhorts us to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5:7).

When I am trusting the LORD, I am ‘Walking By Faith’. Yet at times, trusting and walking by faith are mysteries to me.

It should be no marvel that we would struggle with understanding the ways of the LORD, whose name is Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. Yahuwah Elohim is our Maker, the Creator of ALL things, and many things He does are “great and too marvelous for people to understand; His wonders are without number!” (Job 9:10).

Furthermore, the ways of our Maker are mysteries to the ‘natural’ man. The natural man cannot discern the things of the Spirit of Yahuwah (1Corinthians 2:14). Therefore, trusting in Yahuwah [the LORD] is a spiritual action that is totally mysterious to our ‘natural’ way of thinking.

One great attribute of Yahuwah is His generosity! Anyone who desires to know Him can know Him, just by asking! Yahuwah is not stingy in any way! He encourages us:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all men liberally [bountifully], and upbraids not [reproaches not]; and it shall be given him! (James 1:5).

Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

This simple, yet profound, action of trusting Yahuwah [the LORD] is an action of faith — an action of living our lives based on His written Word.

Trusting Yahuwah means we will seek to learn to avoid letting our senses (our feelings or our ‘own’ understanding/intellect) determine our actions. It means we will try to avoid descending into the pride of leaning on our own understanding’. Trusting in our ‘own understanding’ means we consistently decide to pursue our own will, rather than conform to God’s written Word!

But trusting Yahuwah means we will keep our heart focused on the unseen, eternal realm of God’s kingdom, and seek to live our life according to the principles and standards of God’s Word (2Corinthians 4:17-18).

Trusting God is not a feeling. It is a decision! We cannot always change our feelings, but we can exercise our will. We can decide with our will to trust God [no matter what] – trust Him with our concerns and fears, and then seal our decision by declaring it out loud with our voice!” — Lydia Prince

Walking by faith begins with a solid commitment to learn to live according to God’s Word. That means we will want to learn to trust Father’s Word completely, and trust His great love for us. Walking by faith means that we choose to believe God will enable us by His grace to obey His will, so that He can lead us “in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).

Walking by faith means our actions will begin to be in agreement with Yahuwah’s written Word – the Bible! This means we can immediately dismiss any thought that would encourage us to violate God’s Word! Anything we discern to be the voice of God, will always be in agreement with the Scriptures!

If we desire to live a life that is pleasing to Yahuwah, then we will learn to ‘Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight’. We will begin to obey His written Word, and resolve to follow the guidance that is according to His Word. Our heart will delight in walking by faith because we know it is the only way to please Father: Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6a).

As a child of Yahuwah Elohim, there will definitely be times when we need to determine to trust in the great goodness of Yahuwah and His loving care for us, and firmly believe in the Trust-Worthiness of His Word:

Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those that fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You, in the sight of the sons of men! (Psalms 31:19).

So let’s look at some tips for helping us learn to walk by faith and to begin to trust Yahuwah [the LORD] with all our heart.

Here are four tips that have helped me:

Tip #1: Know His Name

Remember, trusting Yahuwah is a mystery to the ‘natural’ man. But as we become more spiritually-minded, we begin to understand that walking by faith is simply trusting the written Words of Yahuwah [the Bible], and behaving according to those Words (Romans 8:6).

Those who believe in Yahuwah [the LORD] and in His Son, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], begin to understand that trusting Him starts out with knowing the meaning of His Name (Psalm 9:10).

When we begin to learn about Yahuwah, and learn what His Name means, then we begin to know His character! This is essential! It is His eternal character that makes our heart want to trust Him. Notice what He said:

And Yahuwah [the LORD] descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the NAME of Yahuwah [the LORD]. And Yahuwah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yahuwah, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:5-7)

As this Scripture passage teaches us, Yahuwah is as He has described Himself:

“merciful, gracious, longsuffering, ABUNDANT in goodness and truth, and forgiving of sins!!”

God’s character remains constant and everlasting! And just as we easily trust those whose character is honest and good and reliable, in the same way, we can trust Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], our Maker, with all our heart!

As His Name reveals, Yahuwah Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, the merciful and compassionate God, is completely Trust-Worthy!

Your Lovingkindness Is Excellent!

How excellent is Your lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness (abundance) of Your house; and You shall make them drink of the river of Your pleasures. (Psalms 36:7-8)

As the above passage shows us, Yahuwah’s children want to trust Him, because they know that His lovingkindness is excellent and enduring!

When we begin to know Father, learning about His character [His goodness and kindness], and what He is really like, then trusting Yahuwah becomes easy.

Yahuwah is good and faithful and full of compassion! He wants what is truly good for us. His heart’s desire is for our well-being!

Tip #2: Acknowledging Him In All Our Ways

The following Scripture is a gold mine for us, as we become more spiritually-minded:

Trust in Yahuwah [the LORD] with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

These verses give us clear instructions on how to trust Yahuwah with all our heart!

One vital way to trust Him is by simply acknowledging Him in all our ways!

When we acknowledge Yahuwah in all our ways, thanking Him, and proclaiming with our words that we want His guidance and direction in all our ways, then He promises to [He wants to] direct our path.

The above passage from Proverbs teaches us that a major way of trusting Yahuwah [the LORD] is to obey this simple direction of acknowledging Him in all our ways.

We acknowledge Him by thanking Him for His abundant mercies. We acknowledge Him by committing our way to Him each day. This is a total relief and release for us! We can stop trying to figure out what to do to make things turn out well and good.

In order to trust Yahuwah, all we have to do is obey His Words; and more specifically, obey these simple directions to acknowledge Him in all our ways!

Acknowledging Yahuwah

I began doing this simple action of acknowledging Yahuwah in all my ways when I first became a Believer.

Now, everyday I say something like this to Yahuwah, my heavenly Father:

I acknowledge You, Yahuwah Elohim, Maker of heaven and earth. I look to You. I thank You for Your abundant mercy toward me. I thank You for Your great salvation through Yahushua Messiah, my Saviour. I ask You to direct my thoughts, my words, my steps today. Cause me to know the way wherein I should go today. Help me to walk in the path that You have for me today. Help me to be in the right place at the right time. Hold me close to You, and establish me in Your ways. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit to guide me according to Your plans for me today. In the precious name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], I pray. Amen.

To acknowledge Yahuwah, asking Him in prayer for His help and guidance, is one clear and definite action of trusting the LORD.

When I acknowledge Him everyday, and even throughout the day, by asking His help in all I do, then I can rest [and trust] in His initiative, in His intervention, and in His enabling grace, to guide me.

When I do this simple action, I am trusting Him with all my heart! And, I’ve learned that Father is interested in ALL I do, so I talk to Him about the smallest of details!

As a result, I have noticed that my inner-most being is refreshed, energized, and confident of Yahuwah’s lovingkindness to lead me “in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).

Begin each day by letting God hear your voice. Lift your voice to God in prayer; lay your requests before Him. Set out before Him the things you are going to have to do that day. Commit to Him the problems, the difficulties you anticipate, and then, like David (Psalms 62:5-8), you will be able to wait in expectation. You won’t be worried or fearful. You will be expecting the answers to those prayers that you committed to God in the morning!” — Derek Prince

Tip #3: God’s Word is Talking to You

We may study and know in our minds what God’s Word says, but to truly trust Yahuwah we must read/study the Scriptures, and then act upon what God’s Word says.

As we are studying the Word, our time of reading the Word offers the Holy Spirit opportunities to speak to us. By reading/studying the Bible, we become more open to hearing the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, and knowing His guidance.

The more we read and study Yahuwah’s Word, the more we are taking in His truth into our minds and heart. Taking in and then acting on the truth of Yahuwah’s Word enables us to trust His guidance.

You see, Father God is really speaking to us and guiding us all the time, through His written Word! His Word is truth (John 17:17), and His Word is His primary way to guide us.

If you wish you could trust Yahuwah [the LORD] with all your heart, all you need to do is begin to read the Scriptures for yourself, and then do what it says!

Notice what Charles Spurgeon said on this subject:

“The reading of the Word … is a kind of HEARING with the eyes, and faith will often come to men while they are reading the Word of God for themselves. … The reading of the Word is a quiet HEARING of the still small voice of the printed page. Faith comes by the Word of God reaching our minds, and our knowing and understanding it. ‘The entrance of God’s Word gives light.'” — Charles Spurgeon

As Charles Spurgeon said, studying/reading the Scriptures is a way of hearing the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. This has happened to me many times. Studying/reading the Scriptures increases our personal understanding of Father’s Ways, which will always be a means of building up our faith and our obedience to Father.

Tip #4: Constant Practice of Walking By Faith

The heavenly Father has given to every one of His children the ‘measure of faith’ that fits our abilities:

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)

When we exercise the measure of faith that Yahuwah has given us, then our faith is strengthened. But I believe God wants us to grow up to maturity, and seek to increase the measure of faith He has given us. To do that we must practice walking by faith.

Learning to ‘walk by faith’ is a risky endeavour. Yet that is the nature of walking by faith! It is risky because we are not sure. We continue to ask ourselves, “Am I hearing the Holy Spirit’s direction for me, or am I just listening to my own thoughts and desires?” Sometimes we will not know until after we have made a decision!

When we call upon Yahuwah for His guidance, His protection, His wisdom, then BY Faith we trust His Word and His character that He will answer, no matter how silent the answer may seem to be. Many times, it is only with hindsight that we begin to know and understand that Father did guide us by the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice, and He did answer our prayers!

At the time of our prayers, we may have thought that all we heard in answer was silence. But with our constant practice of walking by faith, trusting the Holy Spirit to give us the direction we need, we begin to mature, and can confidently discern God’s guidance.

Then little by little, we begin to discern the ‘meatier’ things of God’s Word and ways, as He tells us in Hebrews 5:14 – But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

The important thing to remember is that Father’s guidance for us will not contradict or violate His written Word! The Holy Spirit’s still, small voice will give us a convicting direction that will always be in harmony with the written Word of God!

All of us would like to be at the same maturity level as Moses, to whom God talked to ‘face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend’ (Exodus 33:11a). But remember, Moses was 80 years old before he was ready to begin his ministry!

Conclusion – 4 Greats Along With The 4 Tips

Trusting Yahuwah with all our heart takes 4 Greats:

  • Great Patience
  • Great Determination
  • Great Devotion
  • Great Sacrifice

Trusting Yahuwah is a process that requires cultivating our patience, our determination, our devotion, and our willingness to sacrifice our own will for His will.

But this process takes time. It does not happen overnight. It takes time to mature and gain the discernment needed to recognize God’s direction. But if our patience, determination, devotion, and willingness to sacrifice is great, then little by little, we will be able to TRUST Father’s great love for us, just as He has told us in His Word.

That is why it is so important that we read/study Yahuwah’s Word, the Bible — that we saturate ourselves in His Word, so that we can know what He has said, so that we can know that He will answer our prayers, just as He has promised. Our faith is strengthened when we know the Scriptures, and thus our trust in our heavenly Father grows stronger, because we learn that He means what He says!

So let’s remember these 4 tips:

  1. Know His Name
  2. Acknowledging Him In All Our Ways
  3. God’s Word is Talking to You
  4. Constant Practice of Walking By Faith

By God’s mercy and grace, these tips will help us to become more spiritually-minded, and help us to trust the LORD with all our heart!

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your great love and mercy on me! Thank You for Your amazing Word that leads me into Your truth! I ask You to help me and enable me by your grace to draw near to You, daily seeking Your direction. Help me to trust You with all my heart, and to heed Your instructions in small things and in great things. In Your Son’s name, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], I pray. Amen.

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Messiah: The Prophet Sent From God

In Luke 9:18-20, we see Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] asking this question of His Disciples: “Whom do you say that I am?”

Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] continues throughout the ages to ask: “Whom do you say that I am?”

Some may answer this question with, “He is an honourable man;” “He’s one of the prophets;” or “He’s a good teacher, and nothing more.”

But these answers contradict the written Scriptures. He is much more than a prophet, or an honourable and good teacher, as we shall see below.

As we saw in Part 1 of this series, Messiah: Not an Ordinary Man, there are many details revealed in the Bible about Yahushua Messiah and His message. There are references to Yahushua Messiah in nearly every book of the Bible. The Bible’s recorded prophecies and messages clearly reveal that this man, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], is very different from all other men! He is not an ordinary man! In fact, He is a very mysterious person.

When we look into the Scriptures with child-like faith (Mark 10:15), then God’s mysteries no longer concern us, because we can accept the sovereignty and supreme greatness of His power, and of His wisdom and character.

In the previous articles (Part 1 and Part 2), we discussed Yahushua’s extraordinary birth — the virgin birth, which is indeed a great mystery (1Timothy 3:16). We also looked at Yahushua’s claim to be ONE with the Creator of the universe, the Mighty One of Israel, Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. (John 10:30)

Also in the previous articles, we looked at His qualifications as the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29), and we discussed in detail the particular mystery of the identity of Yahushua Messiah as the “Word of God.”

Now let’s begin to consider what it means to be the ‘Prophet Sent From God’.

Prophets: True vs False

What is a Prophet of God?

First of all, a true prophet is someone who speaks by divine inspiration, and proclaims the message given to him by Almighty God. The great responsibility of a true prophet of God is to proclaim the foundational truths of God’s character and government.

The Holy Bible (the ‘Word of God’ as it is also known), confirms the messages of its prophets simply by virtue of the fact that their message is included in the sacred text. The prophet’s messages are divinely-inspired, authoritative, holy, timeless, and true. God has given us His superior guidance in the Scriptures [the Bible] through His messengers, His prophets, to guide us according to His sovereign plans and purposes. (2Timothy 3:16-17)

Across the span of history, Yahuwah has sent His messengers, His prophets, to reveal His truth and His character. Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] has promised that His Word, and therefore His truth and the words of His messengers, shall be preserved, and will endure throughout all generations. (Psalms 12:6-7; Psalms 33:11; Psalms 100:5)

Anyone who speaks (or writes) a message that claims to be ‘from God‘ must be very sure of what he is doing. God does not like it one bit for anyone to speak falsely regarding His character or His fundamental truths, or to speak any malicious designs against His people (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Deuteronomy 18:20; Jeremiah 23:32).

It is a solemn and serious matter for someone to say that he is ‘a prophet sent from God‘, because a prophet is supposed to be a spokesman for the Almighty God, Yahuwah Elohim. And because of the huge responsibility that a prophet has, only a few of God’s true prophets have actually stated specifically: ‘God sent me‘.

Many times we read in the Scriptures that God confirmed His prophets’ messages by stating, ‘God sent him,’ or ‘Yahuwah [the LORD] sent him,’ or ‘I (Yahuwah) send you.’

Being ‘sent from God’ is an essential criteria for true prophets of God. True prophets will not lie, and they will speak only what God gives them. Sadly however, there are many false prophets who have not been sent from God, and they have deceived multitudes (Matthew 24:11).

How can we discern a false prophet?

False prophets commonly have a message that is a mixture, mostly of truth but combined with a little bit of error (like a glass of water with a few drops of poison). False prophets, whether they are aware of it or not, are either overly presumptuous, or perhaps unknowingly, harbor in their heart covetousness and ambition. This is why the apostle John urges us to “… try (test, discern, examine) the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1John 4:1)

It takes time to discern a prophet’s message, therefore we should never be too hasty to accept a prophet’s message. The important thing about a prophet’s message is that it should always be in harmony and agreement with the written Scriptures, the Holy Bible.

Now we will look at the special mystery regarding the identity of Yahushua Messiah as ‘The Prophet Sent From God’.

The Prophet Sent From God

Being a prophet of God is a huge and solemn responsibility. No one can lightly say the words, “God sent me.” There is one man however, who said those words repeatedly! Over and over again, Yahushua Messiah said that God sent Him! In fact, centuries before His birth, one of Yahuwah’s prophets (Isaiah), who was a type (a prophetic picture) of Messiah, speaking as Messiah, said the words ‘God has sent Me’:

The Spirit of Adonai Yahuwah [the Lord GOD] is upon Me; because Yahuwah [the LORD] has anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of Yahuwah [the LORD]…. (Isaiah 61:1-2a)

These are the same words spoken by Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:16-21). Isaiah’s prophecy that God would send His Son was fulfilled by Yahushua Messiah.

Yahushua Messiah is the One Person who repeatedly, over and over again, said that God had sent Him! In the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, Yahushua said God ‘sent Me38 times! (I have listed these 38 verses below.) I believe the two most significant of these 38 verses is John 7:28-29 and John 8:42:

Then cried Yahushua [Jesus] in the temple as He taught, saying, You both know Me, and you know from where I am: and I am not come of Myself, but He that sent Me is true, whom you know not. But I know Him: for I am from Him, and He has sent Me. (John 7:28-29)

Yahushua [Jesus] said unto them, If God were your Father, you would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me. (John 8:42)

Here Yahushua is saying specifically that He proceeded forth from God, that He came from God, and that God sent Him! For any other man to say such a thing would seem preposterous, absurd, and laughable! But for Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] to repeatedly say this, we are content to accept His claim, because upon careful study of His life we know that He never lied to anyone.

Of the 38 verses in the Gospels, where Yahushua used the specific phrase Him that sent Me (the ‘Him’ referring to God), Yahushua said this phrase 14 times! Among the 38 verses, He also used the phrases, ‘the Father who has sent Me’, ‘the Father Himself, who has sent Me’, ‘the living Father has sent Me’, or ‘My Father has sent Me’.

There are other verses scattered throughout the New Testament, that confirm Yahushua’s claim of being sent by the Father. Notice the following:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.(1John 4:9-10,14)

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1Timothy 1:15)

That Prophet

In the days when Yahushua walked on the earth, everyone understood what the phrase “that Prophet” or “the Prophet” was referring to. It refers to a promise found in Deuteronomy:

Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God] will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me (Moses); unto Him you shall hearken,… 17) And Yahuwah [the LORD] said unto me, … 18) I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto you (Moses), and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him. 19) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. (Deuteronomy 18:15,17,18-19; see also Isaiah 19:20)

This is the promise that the children of Israel clung to for centuries, because they believed this was the promise of the coming of the Messiah. The apostle Peter, when preaching to the crowd, confirmed the fulfillment of this expected promise right after the healing of the lame man at the temple gate:

For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God] raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me (Moses); Him shall you hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you. 23) And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear That Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24) Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 25) You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, “And in your seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.” 26) Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Yahushua [Jesus], sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. (Acts 3:22-26)

Yahushua Messiah was indeed ‘That Prophet‘ whom God raised up from among His brethren. Many of the people believed Yahushua was The Promised Messiah, ‘That Prophet‘, for when He was teaching during the Feast of Tabenacles, “many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is The Prophet.” (John 7:40)

Over the centuries, multitudes have read the Bible and have concluded that Yahushua was, and is, the Promised Messiah, ‘That Prophet’ whom God raised up to be the Saviour of the world (Revelation 7:9-10; 1John 4:14).

The Tender-Hearted

There are many written Scriptures that clearly reveal that Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], was sent to this earth by the Creator of all things, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. And the Scriptures confirm that Yahuwah’s Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], is God in the flesh (Isaiah 43:3a; Isaiah 45:21b; Titus 3:4-6 ; see also Isaiah 60:16; Titus 2:13-14; Jude 1:25).

The Words of the Bible are the true and eternal Word of God. A tender-hearted person will receive the wisdom and testimony of the inspired-by-God Scriptures, regardless of the mysteries! And, the tender-hearted will also gladly embrace the full testimony of the One Person who was not, and is not, an ordinary man — the One Person who said over and over that God, the Creator of the universe, had sent Him to this earth!

Yahushua Messiah was not an ordinary man! For Him to say repeatedly ‘God sent Me’ means that each one of us must choose what we will do regarding Him:

“Either this man Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.” — C.S. Lewis

Therefore if we:

  • honestly humble ourselves;
  • are truly objective;
  • yield ourselves to believing the Words written in the Bible;

Only then will we:

  • avoid deception, and gain a true understanding of God’s Word;
  • be able to acknowledge our urgent and eternal need to give ourselves to this amazing man who said:

Yahushua [Jesus] said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father [God] but by Me. (John 14:6)

Let’s be honest with ourselves, and accept the fact that we are little — little in power, little in knowledge. We are simply little creatures — dust, ashes, worms — in comparison to God Almighty, the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Genesis 3:19; Genesis 18:27).

We are incapable of fully understanding the Creator of the universe, no matter how high our IQ, no matter how much ‘brain-power’ we might possess.

But by honest and objective humility, we can begin to understand the Bible’s marvelous, merciful message, and this unique, extraordinary man, Yahushua Messiah — The Prophet Sent From God!

Father in heaven, I thank You for sending Your Son to this earth. Thank You for Your Word that enlightens my path and reveals the Truth of Your Son to be the Saviour of the world. Help me to seek You diligently and learn Your plans and purposes through Your Son. Help me to make Your Truth first place in my life. In the precious name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], I pray. Amen.

See the Companion Articles:
Messiah: Not an Ordinary Man
Messiah: The Word Made Flesh

Receive Yahushua Messiah as your Saviour:
Good News! – 3 Truths to Finding Peace With God

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The 38 verses where Yahushua [Jesus] said God ‘sent Me’!

  1. Matthew 10:40
  2. Mark 9:37
  3. Luke 4:18
  4. Luke 9:48
  5. Luke 10:16
  6. John 4:34
  7. John 5:24
  8. John 5:30
  9. John 5:36
  10. John 5:37
  11. John 6:38
  12. John 6:39
  13. John 6:40
  14. John 6:44
  15. John 6:57
  16. John 7:16
  17. John 7:28
  18. John 7:29
  19. John 7:33
  20. John 8:16
  21. John 8:18
  22. John 8:26
  23. John 8:29
  24. John 8:42
  25. John 9:4
  26. John 11:42
  27. John 12:44
  28. John 12:45
  29. John 12:49
  30. John 13:20
  31. John 14:24
  32. John 15:21
  33. John 16:5
  34. John 17:18
  35. John 17:21
  36. John 17:23
  37. John 17:25
  38. John 20:21

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