Messiah: Not an Ordinary Man

the-cross Who is Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]?

Some people consider Messiah Yahushua to be an ordinary man, a man just like any of us. Such people will consent that Yahushua was a good man, and He did some very good things in His lifetime. That is where their perception ends; that is their conclusion of the man, Yahushua Messiah.

But that can not be the final conclusion of this man, Yahushua Messiah, because . . . Messiah was not an ordinary man!

In this writing, we will look at a few of the mysterious qualities that clearly and absolutely reveal how this man, Messiah Yahushua, is different from all other human beings.

How is He Different?

There are many details revealed in the Bible about Yahushua and His message, to show that He is different, and not an ordinary man. But to many, these details remain as mysteries, and leave many perplexed as to who Yahushua really is. It is these mysteries that leave us unable to completely understand something.

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

Let us therefore look at some of the mysteries surrounding the identity of Yahushua.

First of all, Yahushua desires that we examine His identity.

Whom Do You Say That I Am?

In Luke 9:18-20, Yahushua [Jesus] asked the question of His Disciples: “Whom do you say that I am?”

Yahushua continues to ask this question of us today: “Whom do you say that I am?”

Many today would answer this question with, “He is an honourable man; He’s a prophet, a good teacher — but He is not God.”

But this answer contradicts Scripture, as we shall see below.

We must be very careful to not receive a man-made concept [error] regarding Yahushua’s true identity. The apostle Paul gives us a strong warning against perverting the gospel message of Messiah, warning against receiving ‘another Jesus’ (Galatians 1:6-9; 2Corinthians 11:3-4).

Many today have received “another Yahushua/Jesus” — not the Yahushua found in the Scriptures. They have received an idea of Yahushua/Jesus of their own devising, of their own imagination, and have become deceived.

So, to avoid deception, let’s see what the Scriptures have to say.

What Did Yahushua Say?

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To understand the true identity of Yahushua Messiah, we must look very carefully into the Scriptures alone! This is the only way to discover that Yahushua Messiah is much more than an honourable man! The Scriptures reveal that Messiah was not an ordinary man!

When we look in the Scriptures, we can see many verses to show us that no ordinary man, who is in his right mind, would say the things that Yahushua said:

Yahushua [Jesus] said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (John 8:58)
Yahushua [Jesus] answered,… 30 “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:25,30)
Yahushua [Jesus] saith, … he that hath seen me hath seen the Father …  10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me …. (John 14:9-11)
These words spake Yahushua [Jesus], … 11b Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. (John 17:1,11b)

No ordinary man would say that he is one with Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], the King of all the earth.

No ordinary man would say that when you see him, you have seen Yahuwah Elohim, the Holy One of Israel.

No ordinary man would say that before Abraham was, he already existed!

But Messiah Yahushua said these things, because . . . Messiah was not an ordinary man!

So upon examining only a few of the things that Yahushua said, we can see that there is indeed something very mysterious about Him.

Now let us look at the mystery of His virgin birth.

The Virgin Birth

The Scriptures have much to say about how Yahushua was conceived:

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

The prophet Isaiah tells us, many years in advance, that the Lord will provide a sign — a “miraculous sign or distinguishing mark” — that a virgin would conceive, and shall bring forth a child. Furthermore, that child shall be called Immanuel, meaning “El [God] with us.”

Here we are told that the “sign” identifying this child called “God with us,” is that He will be born from a woman who is a virgin. Today there are some who scoff at the idea of the virgin birth of Yahushua, claiming that His mother was simply a maiden or an ordinary young woman. But how would it be a “sign” for an ordinary young woman to give birth to a child?

We then see in Scripture how this promise was fulfilled:

26 … the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph,… and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee …
30 Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Yahushua [Jesus].
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest
33 … and of His kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee …  that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:26-35)

1a-mary_and_josephMary was a virgin, a daughter of the royal family, who descended from King David, serving the God of Israel. She was the chosen vessel for carrying the Son of Yahuwah Elohim, from conception to birth.

As the above Scripture passage teaches us, Yahushua was conceived by God Himself, when the Holy Spirit came upon Mary, and the power of the Highest overshadowed her. Yahushua is therefore called the “Son of the Highest.” This is a fitting title, because sons always possess the qualities of their father.

The event of the virgin birth immediately sets Yahushua apart from all other men, making Him very different from every other man!

How could a man, who was conceived in the womb of a virgin, be ordinary?!?

(For further confirmation that Yahushua’s father was not a human man, see video at end of post.)

Yahushua’s virgin birth, and many other events of His life, are indeed a great mystery:

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1Timothy 3:16)

We are told in the above verse, that it was God Himself (meaning the God of the Bible, Yahuwah Elohim), who was manifested in the flesh, and revealed to the world!

Yahuwah, the Living, Eternal God, Creator of all things, came to this earth, born into this world through a virgin birth, to communicate His character, His nature, His power, His purpose, and His plans. Only Yahushua Messiah could have accomplished this mission, because . . . He was not an ordinary man!

The Word Made Flesh

Another mysterious quality that sets Yahushua Messiah apart from all others is that He is referred to as “the Word of God” and “the Word of life”:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled (touched), of the Word of life (1John 1:1).

In the days when Yahushua walked on the earth, everyone understood who “the Word of the LORD” was referring to. The Word of the LORD was the One seen throughout the Old Testament writings — the One who appeared to Abraham and all the Prophets, the One who led the Israelites out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and into the Promised Land.

Then in the above passages, we are told that the Word of the LORD was God Himself, who was made flesh, and lived among the Disciples; and that the Disciples had seen and touched this “Word” for themselves!

The Word of the LORD became a human being, and was named Yahushua [Jesus]. The great significance of this fact is seen in a number of New Testament verses, including the following passage:

If ye love me, keep ‘my’ commandments” (John 14:15).

This truth, that the Word of the LORD was made flesh and dwelt among us, is such an important part of Messiah’s identity, that we discuss this particular aspect in a separate article. This is indeed another of our heavenly Father’s great mysteries that many in today’s religious world have not yet seen!

Let’s look further.

Completely God, Completely Man

Notice that Messiah made the decision to “empty Himself” — that is, He ’emptied’ Himself of all His rightfully owned attributes of God — His power, authority, and dignity, and He made Himself of ‘no reputation’:

For, let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Yahushua,  6 who, being in the form of God [Elohim], did not regard equality with Elohim a matter to be grasped,  7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and came to be in the likeness of men, 8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)

In the above passage, we see that Messiah, though in the form of God, laid aside His glory, His divine power and majesty, to come to this earth, in the likeness of men. As a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient. His mission and His message, over and over again, demonstrated and communicated the true nature of God — the righteous, loving, and merciful, Living God.

Yahushua took the form of an ordinary servant, appearing as an ordinary man. But when He spoke, and when He did what He did, then His divine qualities were revealed and manifested! There was no limit to what He could do. Why? Because, as the Scriptures reveal, Messiah was not an ordinary man:

For in Him [Messiah] dwelleth all the full-ness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9)

hole_calming_a_stormMessiah was a perfect man, born in the likeness of a man. Yet in His physical appearance, He was an ordinary man. His physical appearance was not unusual.

Scriptures tell us that Messiah possessed no particular splendor that we should be drawn to Him, and no special beauty that we should desire to see Him (Isaiah 53:2).

Messiah was a man who had to be water baptized, at the start of His ministry. And to have the ‘power from on high,’ He needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, just like any other man.

Messiah had to humble Himself, as any other man. And just like all of us, He had to learn obedience by the things which He suffered (Hebrews 5:8).

Messiah had to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, just like any other man.

Messiah possessed all the frailties of any other human person (Hebrews 4:15). He was weak at times, He was hungry at times, He was emotional at times — yet, He did not commit any sin:

“…Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example …  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:  23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not …  24 Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree….” (1Peter 2:21b-24a; see also Hebrews 4:15)
And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. (1John 3:5)
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest [the man, Yahushua Messiah], holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. (Hebrews 7:26)

As the above Scriptures tell us, Messiah did no sin. He was sin-less because . . . He was not an ordinary man!

All humans have sinned! (See 1Kings 8:46; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23.)

Yet the man, Messiah Yahushua, never sinned! He was innocent, unstained, and holy, in every way.

The purpose of His mission was to become an acceptable sacrifice on our behalf — to be “a lamb without blemish.”

A Lamb Without Blemish

The Biblical requirement for a sacrifice acceptable to God, was that the lamb must be perfect, and without blemish (Exodus 12:5).

Messiah Yahushua was the perfect, spotless [sinless] ‘Lamb’ provided by God, to become a sacrifice for our sins (Isaiah 53:10; John 1:29).

The Scriptures tell us that Yahushua was born into this world to destroy the works of the devil, and to take away the sin of the world (1Peter 1:18-21; 1John 3:8; John 1:29). No other man has ever been qualified to fulfill such a mission!

Only the perfect, sinless, extraordinary man, Yahushua Messiah, could qualify to be the sacrificial ‘Lamb of God’ — to bear the sins of the whole world, and to give Himself as a ransom for all (1John 2:2; 1Timothy 2:5-6).

Raised From the Dead

Ordinary, sinful men condemned Yahushua to death, and killed Him.

But death could not hold Him down, because . . . Messiah was not an ordinary man:

And the angel answered and said … I know that ye seek Yahushua [Jesus], which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. …. (Matthew 28:5-6)

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Knowing that Messiah [Christ] being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. (Romans 6:9)
… by the appearing of our Saviour Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: (2Timothy 1:10)

Yahushua Messiah conquered death.

After His miraculous resurrection, Yahushua entered the heavenly Holy Place, to make atonement for all mankind (Hebrews 9:24-28).

No ordinary man could do that!

No ordinary human being has ever had the pure, sinless blood that is required for the atoning sacrifice of sins! The only man that could do that is the One, extraordinary man, Yahushua Messiah (1Peter 1:18-21)!

As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life that ever lived on this planet. — Kenneth S. Latourette

Two Kinds of People

There are two kinds of people.

One kind of person believes that the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments, are the Words of the Eternal, Living God. These also believe that Yahushua Messiah is God Almighty in the flesh:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us …. (John 1:1,14)
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. (John 5:22-23)
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] (Titus 2:13)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord [Yahushua Messiah], which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

There are many more Scriptures that clearly reveal that Yahushua Messiah is God in the flesh (Isaiah 43:3a; 45:15,21; 60:16; Titus 2:10-14; 3:4-6; Jude 1:25).

The other kind of person believes that Yahushua Messiah was a good man, perhaps a special and moral man, or even a prophet — but only an ordinary man, and nothing more.

These have been deceived by teachers who teach a fabricated version of Yahushua — their own invented “Jesus.” These people insist that the Bible can not be accurate in certain verses because it conflicts with the man-made doctrines they have learned. These people have been blinded to the many, many Scriptures that clearly and plainly reveal the deity of Yahushua.

Let us pray fervently that our eyes may be opened to the truth of the Scriptures! Let us shun all worldly wisdom that deceives and hides Yahuwah’s truth from us: the god of this world [the devil] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not (2Corinthians 4:3-4; Matthew 4:8-9; see also 1Corinthians 3:19; 2:5-8; Mark 4:11; Luke 10:21)!

Love The Truth

The Bible gives us many warnings about the kind of people that reject the truth of its message.

Here is one of the warnings:

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed…  9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie …. (2Thessalonians 2:8-12)

As the above passage teaches us, the Words of the Bible are not to be trifled with. It is a fearful thing to not receive ‘the love of the truth!

Either the Bible is the true and eternal Word of God, or the Bible is the most outrageous creation ever conceived in the history of mankind!

To avoid deception, each one of us must look carefully, diligently, and humbly at what the Scriptures actually say.

A tender-hearted person will receive the wisdom and testimony of the Scriptures, regardless of the mysteries! And, the tender-hearted will also gladly embrace the full testimony of the One person who was not an ordinary man.

Little Creatures

The kingdom of God is an overwhelming mystery to those who rely on man-made understanding, or those who have not yet entered Yahuwah’s Kingdom (Mark 4:11)!

Only when we truly and honestly humble ourselves, and yield ourselves to believing all the Words written in the Scriptures, will we be able to avoid deception, and gain in understanding God’s Word.

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, and worms — in comparison to God Almighty (Genesis 3:19; 18:27; Job 4:19; 25:6).

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

But by honest humility, we can begin to understand the Bible’s marvelous, merciful message, and the unique, extraordinary man, Yahushua Messiah!

The Bible — the only source of truth, the only standard for what is right — is meant to help us understand, line-upon-line, who the Ever-Lasting, Ever-Present Yahuwah Elohim is, what He has done on our behalf, and what His plan is!

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you. — C. S. Lewis

Some Further Quotes

The Bible must be the invention of either good men or good angels, or it is the invention of bad men or devils, or it is the invention of God.

It could not be the invention of good men or good angels, for they neither would or could make a book, and tell lies all the time they were writing it, saying, ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ when it was their own invention.

It could not be the invention of bad men or devils, for they would not make a book which commands all duty, forbids all sin, and condemns their souls to hell for all eternity.

Therefore, I draw this conclusion, that the Bible must be given by divine inspiration. —John Wesley

I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Jesus: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say!

A man who was merely a man, and who said the sort of things that Jesus said, would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says that he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this man Jesus was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.

You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.

But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. — C. S. Lewis

Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, and the story of His life, death, and resurrection is the only Good News the world will ever hear. —Billy Graham

May each one of us be of a humble heart, praying for spiritual eyes to see the full truth of God’s Word!

Let us seek for understanding according to His Word (Psalms 119:169).

Let us gladly accept all the Scriptures, as they are written, because it is clear that Yahushua Messiah is Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] in the flesh:

And, behold, I [Yahushua Messiah] come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22:12-13)
Thus saith Yahuwah [the LORD] the King of Israel, and His Redeemer Yahuwah [the LORD] of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)

When we examine the Scriptures, and ask Father for His understanding,

then we will know that . . .

Yahushua Messiah is not an ordinary man!

If you have never received Yahushua Messiah as your Saviour, see Good News!

See this 4:28 minute video by Ron Wyatt, who discovered the Ark of the Covenant, buried beneath the rubble of Golgatha. Ron Wyatt talking about Jesus’ blood sample

Please see the companion article: Messiah: The Word Made Flesh

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