In Luke 9:18-20, Yahushua [Jesus] asked the question of His Disciples: “Whom do you say that I am?”
Yahushua [the Hebrew name for Jesus] continues to ask: “Whom do you say that I am?”
Some may answer this question with, “He is an honourable man; He’s a prophet, a good teacher, and nothing more.”
But this answer contradicts the written Scriptures, as we shall see below.
There are many details revealed in the Bible about Yahushua Messiah and His message. There are references to Yahushua in nearly every book within 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 wisdom and character. Let us look at some of the mysteries surrounding the identity of Yahushua.
What Did Yahushua Say?
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 just an ‘honourable man’!!
In the Scriptures, there are many verses to show us that no ordinary man, who is in his right mind, would say the things that Yahushua said:
No ordinary man would say that he is one with Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].
No ordinary man would say that he is one with the God of the whole earth, the Creator of ALL things, the One who inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15).
No ordinary man would say that when you see Him, you have seen Yahuwah Elohim, the Most High God, who is exalted far above all gods (Psalms 97:9).
No ordinary man would say that before the prophet Abraham was, He already existed!
If an ‘ordinary’ man said such things, we would consider him a lunatic, an idiot! And we would be repulsed by him!
But Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] said all these things, and we are not repulsed. Instead, we are attracted to Him, drawn to Him even more. Upon examining only a few of the things that Yahushua said, we can see that there is indeed something very unique 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:
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 the “sign” that identifies this child [called “God with us”], is that He will be born from a woman who is a virgin.
Some 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 just an ordinary young woman to give birth to a child?
We then see in Scripture how this promise was fulfilled:
Mary was a virgin, serving the God of Israel, a daughter of the royal family, who descended from King David. 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.
This is truly an amazing event! There is no other event in recorded history, or in the claims of any other religious system, that a man was conceived and birthed by a virgin!
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:
In the above verse, the apostle is speaking of the man, Yahushua [Jesus], who was God Himself — the God of the Bible, Yahuwah Elohim — who was manifested in the flesh, and revealed to the world!
Yahuwah, the Living, Eternal, Mighty God [who can do whatever He pleases], came to this earth, born into this world through a virgin birth. He came to communicate His character, His nature, His power, His purpose, and His plans.
Only Yahushua Messiah could have accomplished this mission, because . . . Yahushua 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 days when Yahushua walked on the earth, everyone understood who “the Word of the LORD” was.
The Word of the LORD [the Word of Yahuwah] was the One seen throughout the Old Testament writings — the One who appeared to Abraham and all the Prophets, the One who gave Moses the Torah, 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 — He, who was made flesh, and lived among the Disciples; He whom the Disciples had seen and touched for themselves — this was the Living, breathing “Word” made flesh!
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 meaningful verse:
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. ‘The Word Was Made Flesh’ is indeed another of the heavenly Father’s great mysteries that many in today’s religious world have not yet grasped!
Let’s look further.
Completely God, Completely Man – God and Man in One Person
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’:
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 the Mighty, Eternal God — the only 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, Yahushua was not an ordinary man:
Yahushua was a perfect man, the only perfect and righteous man to have ever lived! He was God in the flesh, born in the likeness of a man. Yet in His physical appearance, He was an average man. His physical appearance was not unusual.
Scriptures tell us that Messiah possessed no particular splendor that we should be drawn to Him. He had no special beauty that we should desire to see Him (Isaiah 53:2).
Yahushua was a man who had to be water baptized, at the start of His ministry. And in order to have the ‘power from on high,’ He needed to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, just like any other man.
Yahushua had to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, just like any other man. He gave us the example of what is possible when someone is filled with the Holy Spirit!
Yahushua 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).
Yahushua possessed all the frailties of any other human person.
He was weak at times, He was hungry at times, He was emotional at times — and yet . . . He did not commit any sin (Hebrews 4:14-15), as the Scriptures reveal:
As the above Scriptures tell us, Yahushua did no sin. No other person in all of history can claim to be sin-LESS!! But Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] was sin-less because . . . He was not an ordinary man!
Except for one man — the man, Messiah Yahushua, never committed a sin! He was innocent, unstained, righteous, and holy, in every way (See above verses).
The purpose of His mission was to demonstrate His great love for us by becoming an acceptable sacrifice on our behalf — to be “a lamb without blemish.”
A Lamb Without Blemish
The Biblical requirement for a sacrifice to be acceptable to the Living God, was that the sacrificial lamb must be perfect, and without blemish (Exodus 12:5).
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 (1John 2:2 and 1John 3:8). No other man has ever been qualified to fulfill such a mission!
Only the perfect, sin-LESS, remarkable 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 (1Timothy 2:5-6)!
Raised From the Dead
Ordinary, sinful men condemned Yahushua to death, and killed Him. Why? They were outraged that Yahushua claimed equality with the Most High God, Yahuwah Elohim (Mark 14:61-64).
But death could not hold Him down, because . . . Messiah was not an ordinary man:
As the Scriptures confirm, Yahushua Messiah rose from the dead and 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, sin-LESS blood that is required for the atoning sacrifice of sins!! The only man that could do that is the One, extraordinary man, Yahushua Messiah!
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 perfect Words of the Eternal, Living God. These people believe the written Scriptures that declare that Yahushua Messiah is God Almighty in the flesh:
There are many more written Scriptures that clearly reveal that Yahushua Messiah is God in the flesh (See 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. These kind of people believe that Yahushua [Jesus] was only an ordinary man, and nothing more.
These have been deceived by teachers who teach a fabricated version of Yahushua — their own invented “Jesus”, a man-made concoction. These people reject certain Scriptures that conflict with their man-made doctrines. These people are blinded to the many Scriptures that clearly and plainly reveal the deity of Yahushua. These people have not honestly investigated the Scriptures for themselves.
We must be very careful to not receive a man-made concept [error] regarding Yahushua’s true identity. The apostle Paul gives us a very strong warning against perverting the gospel message and the identity of Yahushua — warning against receiving ‘another Yahushua/Jesus’, because it leads to a curse and a corrupted understanding (Galatians 1:6-9 and 2Corinthians 11:3-4).
To avoid deception, we must examine, with a humble and honest heart, what the Scriptures actually say.
Oh Dear Reader, may it be that we would pray fervently for our eyes to be opened to the truth of the Scriptures! Let us shun all worldly, man-made wisdom that deceives and hides Yahuwah’s truth from us:
The god of this world [the devil] hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving ones (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:
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!
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 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 a true understanding of 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 – See also Genesis 18:27 and Job 4:19).
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 this 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, who His Son is and what He has done on our behalf, and what His plan is!
Some Further Quotes
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 written 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:
When we examine these Scriptures, and many others, and we 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
Next: the companion article: Messiah: The Word Made Flesh
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