For the benefit of our Jewish readership and those who would like to broaden their understanding of God, I have added this section, Old Testament recommended reading.
Because I am a Messianic believer (Jewish believer) it is very important to me that my
Jewish readers know that Jesus, Greek for His real name in Hebrew Yeshua (Joshua or Salvation) is found all throughout the OLD testament. Just a footnote...My personal relationship with GOD (Yeshua) did not come without a cost. For a long time my family shunned me, my Grandmother sat shiver (ritual for the dead) on my behalf and considered me dead. Our relationship never really survived the trauma of my decision.
So, it is with GREAT and HEART felt compassion and LOVE for my people that I share these
scriptures with you, not to offend you, only to provoke your thinking. It is NOT my job to force you to listen. God ONLY asks me to share with you Yeshua revealed in Scripture. It is his job to change the heart of man! May the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Bless YOU in your journey for the TRUTH!
Recommended reading for our Jewish friends:
- Genesis Chapter 1:26 (The word US - In Hebrew Denotes Plural)
- Genesis Chapter 18 (The LORD appeared to Abraham)
- Judges Chapter 13 (The Word Wonderful means Mighty God)
- Micah 5:2 (Historical FACT Yeshua was born in Bethlehem)
- Daniel 9:25 (Predicted the EXACT time of Messiah's arrival)
- Isaiah 7:14 (Born of a Virgin. Immanuel in Hebrew means God With Us)
- Hosea 11:1 ( Yeshua was taken to Egypt because of the death
threat to him)
- Psalm 2:7 (Called the Son)
- Isaiah 9:1,2 (Ministry in Galilee)
- Psalm 78:2-4 (Spoke in parables)
- Isaiah Chapter 53 (Suffering Messiah - No one in history
could fit this description)
- Zechariah 9:9 (No one in history ever did this but Yeshua)
- Psalm 41:9 (Betrayed by a friend Judas)
- Zechariah 11:12 (Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver)
- Isaiah 50:6 (Spat on and Beaten)
- Zechariah 12:10 (The Jewish people recognizing Yeshua as the one who died for them and was Pierced. His side was also
pierced. The Romans did this to be sure the person was dead. When water and blood poured from the side they knew the individual had died.)
- Psalm 22:1-21 (The Suffering Messiah-Clear description of
- Psalm 34:20 (The custom of the day was to break the legs of the person being Crucified. Yeshua's bones NOT broken)
- Psalm 16:10 and 49:15 (To be Resurrected from the dead)
- Psalm 68:18 (The Messiah's Ascension to the right hand of
- Zechariah 9:9 (Messiah riding into Jerusalem as King on
- Zechariah 13:6 ( Wounded in HANDS by HIS Own)
God has a "Pardon" in Heaven with YOUR name on it...
Is Yeshua (Jesus Christ) your God-Savior today? If not, first believe in your heart that God did send Yeshua (Jesus Christ) to earth to take our sins upon himself by dying on the cross and that after 3 days He was raised from the dead by the Father to everlasting life. Yeshua became a living sacrifice, God's provided sacrifice, the Sacrificial Lamb of God for you and me. Now ask him to forgive you your trespasses and sins and confess him as LORD in Faith and decide to follow and serve HIM COMPLETELY. Now you do have Eternal Life! It's PROMISED and HE does have a "Pardon" in Heaven with YOUR name on it. If you put your Faith in Him today, welcome to the family!
Remember, "God so LOVED the World that he GAVE HIS ONLY begotten SON, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have Eternal Life. God did NOT send His son into the World to Condemn it, but through HIM the World might be Saved!
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourself under the mighty hand of GOD, that HE may exalt you in due time, casting ALL your Care upon HIM, for HE cares for YOU!
For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness. What fruit had you then in those things of which you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and having become servants to God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart"--that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."
To be forgiven of your sins and have Eternal Life is as simple as praying, "Father I am a sinner, I agree with you, I have sinned, I believe with all my heart that Yeshua (Jesus Christ) died for me on the cross, please forgive me of my sin, I chose to turn away from my sin and old life and chose to follow Jesus Christ now. I accept Yeshua's (Jesus Christ) death, burial, and resurrection for me now. Thank you for saving my soul! In the name of Jesus Christ Amen...
If you prayed this and meant it CONGRATULATIONS you are now saved from the penalty of sin (separation from GOD), and now you will live forever with GOD!
Remember to read the Bible start with the Gospel of John, talk with GOD (pray), cultivate your new relationship with Him, ask GOD to help you to not sin. If you do sin just remember Yeshua (Christ) died for your sin and forgives you. The penalty of sin (death) is not upon you any longer. Now find people of like mind in your area to help you on your new quest...I should put some emphasis on this, when you asked Yeshua into your life, you are making a life long commitment/promise that you have chosen to change the course of your life with HIS help and to stop doing those things that you know disappoint GOD. GOD'S Spirit now lives in you and HE will let you know when you have disappointed him. When you sense this has happened, stop, ask GOD for forgiveness 1 John 1:9 and HE WILL forgive you!
Peace and Love in Jesus The Messiah,
Shalom v'ahava b'Yeshua Ha'Mashiach
שלום ואהבה בישוע המשיח
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