Messiah never left this world - he transcended it and is still within it. He is still here to assist those who are joined with him with blessing and advice, just as before, and even more so. Even those who did not know him in his corporeal lifetime can still create with him an essential bond - "for where two or three come together in His name, there He is with them" with His G-dly, Rabbinic authority (Mt 18:20).
'The Messiah, and His history are not presented in the Old Testament as something separate from, or superadded to, Israel. The history, the institutions, and the predictions of Israel run up into him. He is the typical Israelite... typical Israel itself-alike the crown, the completion, and the representative of Israel. He is the Son of God and the Servant of the Lord... in that highest and only true sense.' Edersheim
'Following the Messiah is tough.. too tough to do alone. That's why Yeshua didn't call isolated individuals to follow him. He called a group. He gathered a crowd. God is still gathering that crowd, still pulling us together, still trying to make us one, by calling us to remember his sacrifice on our behalf, by filling us with the Spirit of his holiness, and by interceding on our behalf by his blessed Son.'
Jewish scholar Rivkin says: 'Yet we know, Jews no less than Christians, that the cross was the beginning not the end. It was the birth of a viable and vital messianic idea proclaimed by Jews for Jews... What gave life to the crucified Messiah was the Pharisaic belief in the resurrection of the dead... It dawned on them that the proof of Yeshua (Jesus)' claim to be [Messiah] was his resurrection.
Maimonides speaking of Messiah: 'You should not calculate times for him to come, or to look in the verses of Tanach to see when he should come. The sages say: The wisdom of those who calculate times is small... he will be greater and more honoured than all of the kings of Israel since the beginning of time as it is prophesied by all the prophets from Moses our teacher to Malachi.'
"Beauty cannot be touched. It cannot be described or explained. The more we uncover Beauty, the more it eludes us. Beauty is where the world makes a window for the light of the Infinite to shine in." Rabbi M Schneerson. And when Messiah Yeshua sees us, He "...will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears" (Isa 11: 3) because He sees your beauty with the very eyes of God.
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