by Amos Wittenberg
24 June 2015
When Christians or Messianics discover that all the purported “messianic prophecies” in the Christian writings are without exception based on distortions, misreadings, mistranslations and passages taken out of context, they are often left with a burning question: if Jesus/Yeshua was not the promised Messiah, who will be?
Obviously this is not just a matter of curiosity. Leaving the Jesus religion leaves behind a Jesus-shaped hole.
This is the result of a terrible misunderstanding, brought about by centuries of Christian theology – or better Jesulatry.
You see, in Christian thinking the Messiah is a Saviour, a Redeemer, the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the Source of Living Water, the Alpha and Omega.
So, even when a God-fearing Christian or messianic comes to the (inevitable) conclusion that:
a) Jesus did not die for anyone’s sins,
b) no one dies for the sins of someone else,
c) Jesus really was not the promised Messiah
d) the New Testament is not the word of God and cannot be relied upon
e) there is no unblemished lamb to bear the sins of the world
f) etc etc
s/he still carries around the baggage of all those lofty qualities ascribed to the Messiah in Christianity.
The question then arises: who is the true Saviour, Redeemer, Light of the World, Bread of Life, Source of Living Water, Alpha and Omega? Who will come and fill the hole that Jesus/Yeshua left in me?
The answer is: that hole is a figment of a pagan imagination. No one “has to come” to reveal himself as the “true Saviour”. If you are waiting for that Saviour, you are waiting in vain. No one will announce the “good news” of his coming. That is NOT what “awaiting the Messiah” means, at all. “Awaiting the Messiah” is short-hand for “awaiting the time of redemption when, among many other things, the Davidic kingdom will be re-established”.
There was, is and always will be only One True Saviour.
Please read carefully the words of Isaiah! I will show you the Hebrew text and offer my clumsy translation. Nothing can replace the original: it is written in clear and simple language which is difficult to render. I just stick to as literal a translation as possible.
אַתֶּם עֵדַי נְאֻם־ה’ וְעַבְדִּי אֲשֶׁר בָּחָרְתִּי לְמַעַן תֵּדְעוּ וְתַאֲמִינוּ לִי וְתָבִינוּ כִּי־אֲנִי הוּא לְפָנַי לֹא־נוֹצַר אֵל וְאַחֲרַי לֹא יִהְיֶה׃ אָנֹכִי אָנֹכִי ה’ וְאֵין מִבַּלְעָדַי מוֹשִׁיעַ׃ אָנֹכִי הִגַּדְתִּי וְהוֹשַׁעְתִּי וְהִשְׁמַעְתִּי וְאֵין בָּכֶם זָר וְאַתֶּם עֵדַי נְאֻם־ה’ וַאֲנִי־אֵ־ל׃ גַּם־מִיּוֹם אֲנִי הוּא וְאֵין מִיָּדִי מַצִּיל אֶפְעַל וּמִי יְשִׁיבֶנָּה׃
[You are My witnesses, declares HASHEM, and My servant whom I have chosen in order that you will know and rely on Me and understand that I am He, that before Me no god was formed and after Me there will not be. I, yes I am HASHEM and besides Me there is no saviour. I said it and I saved and I let it be heard and among you there is no strange god and you are My witnesses, declares HASHEM, and I am God. Also from now on I am He and no one delivers from My hand; I will act and who can turn it back?] (Isaiah 43:10-13)
Why wait for a saviour, born from a virgin or not born from a virgin, born in Bethlehem or not born in Bethlehem, Davidic or not Davidic, whatever his name, whatever wonders and signs?
HASHEM is your Saviour and there is none other. Not Moses. Not a prophet. Not the King Messiah – may he come soon, in our days. None but the Living God, HASHEM of hosts. He is your Redeemer. He is the First and the Last. From the words of His mouth we live. His Torah is the source of living water and a lamp for our feet and a light on our way.
You don’t have to wait for your Saviour, He is waiting for you!
PS: So what about the Messiah? Who cares? He is not important. He will be our king as promised but everything he will ever do or say will point away from himself and point to his and our King, the Living God.