Everybody knows it. It is almost inappropriate for me to make this sort of announcement. I am only a part time soccer fan. Learnt to love the game because my kids play it. But must say, once you get the feel for the game it’s quite enjoyable.
Jesus Navas ‘is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Manchester City as a right winger. His main assets are his quick dribbling and an ability to run at opposing defenders. In the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, in the semi finals he scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out.’ That day was Thursday 27 June 2013.
His name is pronounced ‘Che-sus.’ Is he aware that his name is the name used to refer to the Messiah? Probably, why wouldn’t he be? Does it influence his game? Probably not, it’s just his name. It is unlikely that he was trying to perform a messianic act when he scored that penalty. So that’s Jesus Navas, the footballer.
Did you know that Jesus of the Bible’s name was not really Jesus? You say: ja I know but we all know who we are talking about. I think it’s petty to keep harping on about his name.’ I hear you. But there is a powerful reason I do so. See by referring to Him as Yeshua, we are putting Him back in His proper context. Why? It is important that we do so as He is Moshiach or Messiah.
Let me explain. Say while travelling from the UK you met this ‘person’ and you just clicked with her. You talked about this and that and you could not believe how easy it was to talk with this person. The conversation just flowed. Have you met your soul mate, as they say? Problem is, you live in Johburg and she lives in Cape Town. Is it reasonable to say that as you are keen to get to know her that you will find out everything about her? Where she lives, what her dad and mom do for a living and so on. Let’s say her name is Anna, would you insist on calling her Ann? I don’t think so. You phone on day, her dad answers and you say: Good morning sir, may I please have a word with Ann? Her dad says: Who’s speaking? Luister, daar is nie ‘n Ann hier nie hoor! Anna is my dogter se naam maar sy is nou hier nie, wat het jy gesê is jou naam? Ha! So the point is that part of getting to know someone important is to accept them for who they are, yeah?
So there is no religious rule book here that says I have to call him Yeshua. It’s my attempt to get closer to Him, His world. Happy?
Why do I say that Yeshua is the Messiah? I say so because that is what the Torah or Tanakh teaches. What is the Tanakh? It is the Jewish term for what is referred to as Old Testament. I don’t like the ‘old’ part so much. Many people forget that Yeshua’s appearance is a progression of themes for which the foundation had been laid in the Tanakh. Yeshua never taught the New Testament. The New Testament is the written account of those who lived with Him. And of course the writings of Rabbi Sha’ul (you may know him as Paul)
In Yeshua more than 300 Hebrew (not Christian) prophecies were fulfilled. Yeshua was not a Christian and never tried or implied that His followers should launch a new movement. And here’s the thing: they did not. Their message was simple: Messiah and His Kingdom. That was, is and will always be the good news/tidings that the Tanakh refers to in the Book of Isaiah. The Tanakh points forward to Messiah and the New Testament points back to Him. That is why He is called the Alef and the Tav (Alpha and Omega is the Greek alphabet , so no Jew would have referred to Him in that way, but it means the same: ‘beginning and end’)
So if you have a desire to get to know Messiah better, you have to come to terms with the fact that He is from the tribe of Judah, that is, He is a Jew. And to understand Him better you have to know who the Jews are, where do they come from etc? And that will take to Avraham, his son Yitzhak and his son Yaakov. The Exodus. Mount Sinai. Crossing the Yarden River, Israel, Jerusalem, Mount Zion. That’s where we want to be. Mount Zion. Why? Because that’s where the Shekinah dwells. Right now the Shekinah is in exile, but it will not be like that forever.
(You will have to go and look up what Shekinah means)
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