Posted by: dhkrause | December 25, 2012

Abiding in Yeshua’s Awesome Love

Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus, the name by which he was actually called.  Using his actual given name can help remind us that he is Jewish.  The name Yeshua means in Hebrew, “Yehovah saves”, as the Lord told Joseph in a dream:

Matthew 1 (NKJV)
18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [Yeshua], for He will save His people from their sins.”

This correlates with the gospel message contained in the first sixteen letters of the Hebrew Bible, as explained by Dr. Yonathan Fass in his book, “Creation’s Heartbeat”.  These first 16 letters contain embedded words of a recurring Biblical theme.  The Creator knew there would be a breach in relationship due to the errant decisions of those made in His image and likeness.  Therefore He purposed to restore relationship through a sacrificial covenant that includes the Son of God dying in our place and rising again.  This restoration depends upon the decision of individuals to receive this sacrifice and to enter into His offered covenant of love.

In John 15:9, Jesus, Yeshua declares, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”  We will have fullness of joy when we abide in his love and love one another as he has loved us:

John 15 (NKJV)
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

Matthew also records how the birth of Jesus, Yeshua, fulfilled prophecies made by Isaiah seven centuries earlier:

Matthew 1 (NKJV)
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”  (Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 7:14)

A devout man named Simeon recognized the eight day-old Messiah in the temple and made prophecies that Mary remembered and saw fulfilled.  God indeed was with her and strengthened her through all of these events:

Luke 2 (NKJV)
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

As an example, Jesus revealed the thoughts of the hearts of the Pharisees after they objected to his Sabbath day healing of a man blind from birth:

John 15 (NKJV)
39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”
41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

Though his enemies sought to kill him, Jesus declared that no one was taking his life from him, but that as the good shepherd he was laying his life down for  the sheep, and that he would be risen from the dead:

John 10 (NKJV)
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.  17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”  (John 10:11-18)

This is the awesome love of Yeshua in which we are called to abide, that he would lay down his life for us, taking our judgment upon himself so that whoever believes in him can have everlasting life:

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  (Isaiah 53:6)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16)

Now it is our deep privilege and high calling to live for him who died for us and rose again:

2 Corinthians 5 (NIV)
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

David Krause,

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