SPECIAL NOTE: The blog posts for the next three days, and the previous five days, are connected to Tzedakah Ministries‘ evangelistic/prayer outreach Day of Prayer for the Salvation of the Jewish People (2015) that culminates on 16 January 2015. Each of the blog posts are specially tailored to serve as a devotional guide on how to pray for the Jewish people for on each particular day leading up to January 16th and the next day. Tzedakah Ministries hopes that these blogs will assist you in praying for the Jewish people and will equip in knowing how to share Messiah Jesus with the people for whom Jesus first came … #Rom116TTJF!
Who Is Jesus and What Does His Name Mean?
A few years ago I was sitting in a traditional Jewish synagogue with a friend who is currently angry with me because Tzedakah Ministries won’t stop sharing Messiah Jesus. We were sitting together because she had invited me to her synagogue after attending the Messianic Congregation I attend in Dallas when I am not traveling for the ministry (Adat Shalom Messianic Congregation that was started as a mission by W. A. Criswell and FBC Dallas).
She was impressed that I could follow the Hebrew liturgy that was in the Siddur (Jewish Prayer Book) but felt the need to point out to me that the words of salvation requested in Hebrew was not what I was thinking it meant. I pointed out to her that indeed it was and Messiah Jesus was only waiting for her to figure it out … especially the 15th Amidah Blessing which has been loosely translated here (http://www.egrc.net/articles/other/amidah.html):
Speedily cause the offspring of your servant David to flourish, and let him be exalted by your saving power, for we wait all day long for your salvation. Blessed are you, O Lord, who causes salvation to flourish.
For you see, the word for salvation in Hebrew is YESHUA (יְשׁוּעָה) and the Hebrew name for Jesus is YESHUA. This is why my friend was reacting to the word … because she knew how I would react to it. And, indeed, I did!
Jesus is the essence and purpose and point of salvation “to the Jew first” and also for the rest of the world. There is no other way around it – regardless of what “Religious Correctness” might seek to say. This might be an uncomfortable argument to make, especially as we consider the lost spiritual condition of the Jewish people; however, it must be stated plainly and without hesitation. There is no other salvation unless one recognizes that eternal atonement comes only through receiving Messiah Jesus as your Redeemer.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him. He only [is] my rock and my salvation: [he is] my defence; I shall not be moved. In God [is] my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, [and] my refuge, [is] in God. – Psalm 62:5-7
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:4-6
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 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. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. – John 3:16-18
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. – Acts 4:12