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(Sample Representation of Short-Hair Rabbi Yeshua HaMashiach)

During the days of Rabbi Yeshua, the Jews in Judea had not fully known Elohim, the God that their forefathers had made a covenant. They were asking for the father of Yeshua hoping they were wrong about His origin. There is a prophecy that describes the Messiah as someone whose lineage or beginning could not be clearly determined, like Cyrus the Great or even Melchizedek. No one can perceive and learn where the Messiah of Israel shall come from, according to an ancient Jewish prophecy.

Yeshua being a God that incarnated into a fleshly human being can sense what the people around him were saying and thinking. Yochanan (John) is pointing to us in verse 19 what he had written earlier on John 7.

Now some of them from Jerusalem said, "Is this not He whom they seek to kill? But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from." Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, "You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me"” (John 7:25-29, NKJV, emphasis mine).

They knew the whereabouts of Yeshua, which was already common knowledge among the Jews who heard Him. They knew the parents of Yeshua, and even know how He was born. Therefore Yeshua could not be the Promised Messiah for them on account of his suspicious conception. Even though Yeshua confirmed as true their understanding of his human birth, He told them nonetheless of his heavenly origin, by saying I am from above.

The Jews were anticipating the arrival of a Messiah from a foreign country, like the land of Egypt, as prophesied.

And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23, NKJV).

Yeshua had already established His human birth and his origin at this point. He then responded to the issue that the Jews around Him had pointed out—no one knows where the Messiah would come.  Yeshua had said truthfully, ‘I came from above.’

Having said that, Yeshua had shown that He indeed come from a place that the Jews know nothing about. He was sent by God the Father whom they know nothing of. Indeed, Yeshua had originated from the realm of heaven not from another planet within our solar system or from another galaxy. He was born of a woman just like what Paul had testified and written as well.

But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (emphasis the writer, Galatians 4:4-5, RSV).

God the Father had sent His own Son who incarnated into flesh by means of natural human birth. The Word and Spokesman of God became one of us. He is a God and He became the Son of Man for the salvation of mankind so they can become the sons of God later on. But the preceding verse 5, unmistakably point out that only the Jewish people who are living under the Torah of Moses can receive redemption from Jesus or Rabbi Yeshua. Remember and consider that always. There is no redemption in the false religion of Christianity , even in the false name 'Jesus Christ.' God and Rabbi Yeshua have nothing to do with the Gentile people that despise the Law of Moses.

The Jewish people could not quickly accept and comprehend the fact that the same God they worship in the Old Testament was standing right before them in human form. He was sent by God to the chosen people of Israel for the redemption of their sins. But they could not believe that He is like God, at least at this juncture in the story of Yochanan (John).

Yeshua continued, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins" (John 8:24, RSV).

Rabbi Yeshua continued testifying that He is God. The Jewish people knew at that time, even today, God alone can forgive the sin of man. On this note, Yochanan built his story around Yeshua that He is really God, the same God in the beginning of the Old Testament. But the Jews could hardly believe what Yeshua is telling them.

Consider the religious leaders of many religious groups who are claiming they are prophets or sons of God. It is not easy for many people to believe in the truthfulness of what they are claiming. We are so similar to the unbelieving Jewish people during the days of Jesus Christ.

It certainly takes time for the truth to sink into the stubborn mind of the unbelievers, Jews or Gentiles. They could not comprehend and relate at that time to all the things that Yeshua had been declaring. But something unbelievable is already taking place at this juncture upon the Jews that gathered around Yeshua.

They were demanding to know the truth from Yeshua.

Then they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him." They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father” (vv. 25-27).

They were already starting to believe in Him.

Perhaps they were already musing at that time the veracity of what Yeshua was saying. Isn’t God, the true King of Israel? Can God take upon himself a human form so He can personally reign upon the children of Israel?

At this juncture in history, the Jewish people were already living in Judea under Roman captivity for a very long time. Wouldn’t it be great for God to come and dwell in the midst of Israel as their King?

Who need a foreigner like Herod the Great as the King of Judah?

Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." As He spoke these words, many believed in Him” (John 8:28-30, RSV).

Not all of the Jewish people had rejected Yeshua as their Promised Messiah or even their God. Many Jews have already accepted and believed that Yeshua is their Promised Messiah, who was sent by God. But Jesus did not openly declare to the Jews that He is indeed their Promised Messiah.

But Yochanan (John) in his gospel book had also portrayed Rabbi Yeshua as the God of the Old Testament, which the Jews at that time had not anticipated to happen. The book of Isaiah bears witness to the fact that the God of the Old Testament had promised to redeem personally the people of Israel. Can God really take a human form in order to fulfill His promise?

The God that redeemed Israel is undoubtedly playing by the rule or shall we call that rule as the Torah of Moses.

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