Jesus, the Messiah













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Jesus the Messiah

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the High Priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, ‘Are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’ And Jesus said, ‘I Am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right Hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." Mark 14:61-62

 Jesus so dramatically and openly performed signs and wonders that only the prophesied Messiah could do, it is amazing to me how some today teach that He never claimed to be God or the Messiah. When the noted Rabbi Nicodemis came to Jesus secretly at night it is clear that he wanted to know if Jesus was the Messiah, -"We know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with Him." (Jo.3)

The Jews believed that the Messiah would come as a King and restore Israel’s sovereignty by ushering in the Kingdom of God. Since he was an Israelite by birth, Nicodemis believed that he was an heir of this Kingdom, but Jesus quickly threw him a curve saying, -"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God." Jesus was saying that to be an heir of God’s Kingdom one must be born of the Spirit.

 At His return in glory Jesus will crown His saints, establish His righteous Kingdom upon the earth and will rule the nations with a rod of iron. Then the world will be forced to yield to His will, but this is not to say that the Kingdom of God is not already operating in the hearts of His chosen ones, -"Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the Kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, ‘The Kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it it!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17)

Notice also, -"For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son." (Col.1) The Messiah did establish the administration of His Kingdom which now rules in the hearts of His saints. The Church of God is founded upon the truth that Jesus is the promised Messiah who is both Savior and King. Now, Jesus is not Savior and King to those who do not receive Him, but is both Savior and King to His Church.

 Our text is not the only place in Scripture where Jesus plainly proclaimed Himself to be the Messiah, notice His conversation with the woman at the well in John 4, -"The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming; when He comes, He will declare all things to us. ‘Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.’"

 It is true that Jesus did not want this readily proclaimed during most of His ministry because it wasn’t the time. But He did let the miracles speak for themselves. God’s plan was for Jesus to train his disciples and send them forth with this message, notice Peter’s message on the Day of Pentecost, -"Let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ (Messiah) -this Jesus whom you crucified. (Acts 2)

The Apostles and more than 500 witnesses testified that Jesus was the Messiah and that He had risen from the dead. He first came to His own, but sadly His own did not receive Him. (Jo.1) Then a great Light was seen among the Gentiles.



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