Who told you that you can’t understand what’s written in that book? Who told you that the prophecies in there are too difficult to understand and you need to talk to a rabbi or to an expert? Have you ever read them for yourselves?
Every single day religious Jews all around the world pray for the coming of the Messiah. You know it’s been a long time and He hasn’t come yet. Could it be He’s already been here? Could it be that the Messiah first came to start His work and instead of praying for His coming we should be praying for His return? Could it be that what’s written in our Hebrew Bibles is the key?
You know I grew up in a Jewish home, Bar Mitzvah’d, but I wasn’t that religious, and I didn’t really read the Bible for my own. And then when I started to talk to rabbis, they all would say, “Well you need to listen to other rabbis and we need to go to the commentators and we need to see what they have to say.” And in fact, if you’re a traditional Jew when you read this book you read it with all the commentaries. Well, what about reading it for yourself? What about if you picked up the Bible and read it for yourself? You know what you’d discover? You’d discover that Mashiach, the Messiah had to come and begin His mission before the second temple was destroyed and that took place in 70 AD and that’s almost 2,000 years ago.
You say, “What, the Messiah was supposed to come 2,000 years ago?” Yes! There’s even a reference in the Talmud that tells us the same thing. The Messiah was expected to come about 2,000 years ago. And you know there’s more. He did not just come as a king to rule and reign and set up His kingdom. He came also as a priest to deal with our sins.
You say, “Wait a second, we haven’t had the temple standing for 2,000 years. We haven’t had a high priest functioning for us for 2,000 years. We haven’t had blood sacrifices for 2,000 years.” Ah, let me tell you why. The Messiah came and died for our sins, for your sins. The Messiah came as a great high priest and he took our place. The Messiah, Son of David, came the first time just as the prophets said, before the second temple was destroyed. And what did He do? He dealt with our sins. He paid for every one of them and if you’ll cry out to God and say God I know I’m guilty. I know I’ve sinned. I know I’m wrong. Forgive me, have mercy on me, give me a new heart, I believe the Messiah, Jesus, Yeshua, the Messiah. I believe He died for me. If you’ll cry out to Him right now He will touch you. He’ll change you. He’s listening; He’s waiting, right now.