By: The FGT Team Faith, Grace, and Torah
One of the more common accusations any Hebrew Roots Ministries encounter is the familliar: You HATE Jesus and follow a false christ which we are warned about. Of course there are fringe groups in any movement and no one will deny that there are some who do believe that “Jesus” is the Antichrist and that his name is connected to paganism. But that is simply not true for the majority of believers and followers of Y’shua. First we have to acknowledge the fact that the name Jesus is an english transliteration of the Greek Iesus. Is there anything wrong inherently with the name Iesus? Is there any place we can find the name Iesus before the time of Y’shua? Yes! The septuagint which was translated around the 3 century BCE used the transliteration Iesus for the name Joshua in the Old Testament.
Iesus was simply the natural transliteration of the name Y’shua. Unless we wish to claim that there was a conspiracy in place from the 3rd century BCE to give our saviour a pagan name, this argument is fruitles and should be avoided at all costs.
Is there anything really wrong in saying “Jesus”? Of course not. But if you know his name is Y’shua wouldn’t you want to call your Savior by his true name? Jesus has no meaning but Y’shua does!
Mat 1:21 And she will bear a son and she will call his name Y’shua, for he shall save his people from their sins.
Most importantly the name of Y’shua carries a deep meaning that Jesus does not. A meaning that points us right back to our Heavnly Father.
Joshua or Jehoshua = “YHWH is salvation”
How beautiful! Why wouldn’t you want to call upon the name of Y’shua!
More importantly though, besides the pronounciation of Iesus/Jesus vs Y’shua is what the word “name” really means. The word translated as name is in Hebrew:
1b) reputation, fame, glory
Notice that the word Shem (Name) besides meaning a physical name also means Reputation, Fame and Glory . There is something very important then to realize here. When we profess to be believers in Jesus or Y’shua we are speaking of his reputation his fame his glory his authority.
And this is where we start to divide Jesus from Y’shua. Again there is nothing wrong with the name Jesus BUT what Jesus has come to represent is what matters. The Jesus preached to us from the modern pulpit has a different reputation, fame and glory than the Y’shua who preached to us 2000 years ago.
Let’s examine what Jesus or Y’shua was prophesied to do:
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. Isa 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Isa 42:21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Jer 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
We all are aware of the Suffering Servant aspect of the messiah (Isaiah 53) but have we really been taught these verses from the pulpit?
Notice that Messiah is to bring Judgement and Justice. He is specifically mentioned as Magnifying the law (Torah) and the isles will wait for his Law (Torah).
The last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, tells us this:
Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. Mal 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. Mal 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Malachi tells us to Remember the law of Moses? For some this may very well be the first time they have seen any of these verses.
Is this what we have been taught? Does this description line up with what the Jesus or Y’shua of 2000 years ago taught? Mat 5:17 Do not think that I have come to loosen Torah or the Prophets. I have not come to loosen but to fulfil them. Mat 5:18 For truly I say to you that until heaven and earth pass away not on Yodh or one stroke will pass from Torah until everything happens. Mat 5:19 All who loosen, therefore, from one (of) these small commandments and teach thus to the sons of man, will be called little in the Kingdom of Heaven, but all who do and teach this will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. (AENT) So far Y’shua or Jesus from 2000 years ago seems to be reaffirming the message of the Old Testament.. Did he ever Magnify the law? Mat 5:27 You have heard it has been said that you should not commit adultery. Mat 5:28 But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart. Mat 5:29 And if your right eye stumbles you, pluck it out and cast it from you, for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not all of your body be thrown into Gehenna. Mat 5:30 And if your right hand stumbles you, cut it off and cast it from you for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not all of your body be thrown into Gehenna. So far so good! Here our Messiah is definitely Magnifying the law, making it more spiritual and writing it on our Hearts (See Jeremiah 31:31).
So we see that Messiah has still not changed a single thing from his Fathers law. Why is that important? Because elsewhere we read of His law: Deu 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! Psa 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Deu 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
Deu 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deu 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Deu 13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. So we can notice that Gods law was meant to be Eternal, and that even if a prophet or dreamer of dreams arose who could do amazing things but taught against the law or taught different commandments he was a FALSE PROPHET.
It is very important to understand this concept. This is why Jesus or Y’shua himself says: Joh 7:16 Y’shua answered and said, “My teaching is not mine, rather it is of He who has sent me.” (AENT)
Jesus understood that everything he taught must be in line with what was already written! So with all that in mind does the modern pulpit version of “Jesus” match the description that we have found? Let’s see some typical protrayals of “Jesus” from some mainstream Christian websites:
None of the Old Testament law is binding on us today. When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law
The New Law is a law of love, a law of grace, a law of freedom.
1985 Catholic Cathechism
(4) The Mosaic Law was an indivisible unit, and is that which was terminated by the Lord Jesus Bible.org
Christ did not suggest here that the binding nature of the law of Moses would remain forever in effect. http://www.gotquestions.org
This is but a sampling of what is taught in mainstream Christianity today. Does this sound like the Y’shua that we read about in the Old Testament and the Y’shua that we read about in the New Testament? Or does this sound like an invention of the modern church; a walking license to sin? It is up to each and every one of us to choose this day whom we will serve, will it be the Y’shua who came to magnify his Father’s law, to fully preach and fulfil it or “Jesus”, the figment of fleshly vain imaginations who came to do away with his Father’s perfect law and gave us different commandments, the “Jesus” who replaced a viscious Old Testament God of wrath and judgement.
Next time you come across a Hebrew Roots teacher teaching against the persona of “Jesus”, remember that most likely he is not speaking against the Name or historical figure of Jesus but rather what this “Jesus” has come to represent. The authority and glory and honor of this “Jesus”. We can only serve One God and One Messiah and this “Jesus” is in sharp contrast with the REAL Y’shua. Jos 24:15 “And if it seems evil in your eyes to serve יהוה, choose for yourselves this day whom you are going to serve, whether the mighty ones which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the mighty ones of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But I and my house, we serve יהוה.”
For more information about the different “images” of our Messiah, please take a look at the Article “Is it a Salvation Issue” at https://faithgracetorah.net/2013/05/23/is-it-a-salvation-issue/