Jesus, Personal Savior Or Not?
In the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” Tevia is involved in a conversation with a group of Jewish men. First Tevia agrees with the one man and then the second man counters and Tevia agrees with him and then another says, how can they both be right and Tevia says, “You are right.” This is a classic example of ‘and both’ thinking, this is right and this is right both are right. We who grew up with a western or Greek mindset often think ‘either or’, either this is right or that is right, but not both.
I heard an ‘either or’ comment the other day that set my alarm bells ringing; Jesus isn’t your personal Savior, He is coming back as King. Just get over the idea that He is the Jesus that you think you know, the one that you said a prayer to for your salvation. The implication was the gentle Jesus meek and mild is not valid and should be rejected in favor of the persona of a coming conquering King Jesus. While I most whole-heartedly believe Jesus (I am going to refer to Him by my preferred name Y’Shua) is most certainly coming for His second time as the conquering King, He is also personal as He is returning as the Bridegroom coming for His bride, and He definitely will not be a milque-toast WIMP version either! (Refer to Revelation 19:11-16 at the end of this posting.)
I have studied the ancient Hebrew wedding traditions and customs and there are strong parallels to Second Testament words of Y’Shua to His followers. According to ancient Hebrew wedding tradition when the prospective groom had secured his intended brides acceptance of his marriage proposal and the two were betrothed the groom would return to his father’s house to prepare the wedding chamber called the chadar. This is where the bride and groom would spend their wedding week. Y’Shua makes reference to this in John 14:1-3; Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, and believe in me also. In my Father’s house there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and take you to me, so that where I am, you may be also.
Upon returning to his father’s house the groom would select two witnesses, one witness would be for his help and support in preparing a place for his bride and the other witness would be sent to the bride. A task of the witness sent to the bride would be to prepare her for her groom. Again we find reference to this in John 14:26; But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom my Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything, and remind you of everything which I tell you. And again in John 15:26; But when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from my Father, the Spirit of truth which proceeds from my Father, he will testify concerning me.
The witness of the Ruach haKodesh or Holy Spirit is to prepare us for our Bridegroom Y’Shua. The Ruach is to lead us into all truth; truth about Y’Shua. John 1:1-2 tells us that The Word was in the beginning, and that very Word was with God, and God was that Word. The same was in the beginning with God. So it seems that from Genesis to Revelation the Ruach’s job is to teach us about the Word that became flesh and dwelt among men, John 1:14. If we are the Bride of Messiah then we are to learn about and begin to practice His way of Life. Not what we think is His way of Life, but what is His way of Life and we find out about His Life in the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, the spoken, revealed WORD of YHVH.
I did the church thing all my life. I loved church, the singing, the stories, vacation Bible school, Christian school, all of it, but I didn’t have a life-changing encounter with my Savior until I was in my late 30’s. I grew up in a denomination that was works based. If you were good enough or did enough of the right kinds of things then maybe you could go to heaven when Jesus came in the clouds of his second coming. Until that day in my 30’s I was never sure of my salvation. After that encounter though, NOTHING could, can, or ever will shake my absolute certainty of who I am in Messiah! Therefore the alarm bells when I hear someone say that there is no personal Jesus.
Think for a moment about Y’Shua returning as conquering King and Bridegroom. (I am going to use a little ‘and both’ reasoning here.) Let’s look into the Biblical book of Esther for a moment.
Esther 2:12-14 Now when the turn of each maiden was come to go in before King Ahasuerus, after she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women (for so were the days of their purification accomplished, every six days with oil of myrrh and every six days with spices and with other things for the purifying of the women); then thus came every maiden before the king; whatever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women to the king’s house. In the evening she went in, and in the morning she returned to the house of the women to the custody of Shaashgaz the king’s eunuch, the keeper of the concubines; she did not come in to the king unless the king delighted in her and she was called by name.
The maidens spent 12 months preparing for their evening with the king. Half of the 12 months was spent with the essential oil Myrrh. This oil has amazing properties, such as for wounds, hemorrhoids, dry skin, menstruation, pain, respiratory ailments, gingivitis, mouth sores and even stomach ailments.
What came to my mind as I have read this is that the women who came into the king had to be free of any infection or ailment, or ‘spot or blemish’ that could be passed on to or in any way affect the king, in other words they had to be uncontaminated, untainted, unpolluted, wholesome, PURE. The purpose of the Ruach haKodesh / Holy Spirit is the same for us. He is commissioned to deliver to the Bridegroom, Y’Shua, a bride that is PURE.
Ephesians 5:27; In order to build for himself a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Revelation Rev 19:7-8; Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 14:12; Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Y’Shua.
Y’Shua is returning for His Bride, and He is returning as conquering King; He is both Bridegroom and King of Kings!
One day Esther was a maiden in the king’s court preparing herself for her evening with the king, and the next day she was crowned queen. Scripture says the king delighted in her. She had taken great care to make herself attractive and desirable to the king and her efforts were rewarded with a crown. As the Bride of Y’Shua should we strive for anything less?
2Timothy 4:8; Henceforth there is preserved for me a crown of righteousness, which my LORD, the righteous judge, will give me at that day: and not to me only but also to all those who eagerly await his appearance.
James 1:12; Blessed is the man who endures temptations: for when he is tested, he shall receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
1Peter 5:4; And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that will not fade away.
Our Good and Merciful Heavenly Father please open our eyes to see all the truth you have for us to see and please open our ears to hear all the truth you have for us to hear. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer.
Rev 19:11-16; And I saw heaven opened, and behold, I saw a white horse; and he who sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had names written, and one of the names written, no man knew but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and he called his name, The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him on white horses clothed in fine linen, pure and white. (Who gets to wear the fine linen, pure and white? The Bride?) And out of his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he shall tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he had a name written on his vesture and on his thigh, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Rev 22:17, And the Spirit and the bride say Come. And let him who hears, say Come. And he who is thirsty, let him come. And whosoever will, let him take of the living water freely.
Even so come Lord Y’Shua!