I’ll bet you are thinking that there is no way our faith in the Messiah could be stronger today than it was back when he actually walked the earth and performed all those miracles, right? Well, I think anyone who believes in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) today has even stronger faith, and you know why? Because that’s what the messiah said!
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In the Gospel of John Yeshua appears to his talmudim (students, or in this case, disciples) but one is missing, Thomas. Thomas, now better known as the “Doubting Thomas”, stated that he won’t believe Yeshua has risen until he can put his hand in the hole in his side where the spear punctured him.
Well, later when Thomas is with the others, Yeshua appears and tells him to do just that- put his hand in the hole in his side. After that, Thomas makes an exclamation of faith (John 20:29 CJB):
Yeshua said to him, “Have you trusted because you have seen me? How blessed are those who do not see, but trust anyway!”
Ever since Yeshua was taken back to heaven, no one has seen the actual miracles he performed, yet look at how many thousands upon thousands have trusted! And after the original apostles died, and the other witnesses to the miracles passed on, all that was left for us to trust in was the narration of Yeshua’s activities when he walked the earth. Today, what with all the evil in the world, how can anyone trust anything?
We can’t trust our leaders, who have for decades performed acts of lawlessness; we can’t trust the media, who for centuries have reported what they want us to believe; we can’t trust those with medical authority, who have lied and misled people in order to make money from pharmaceutical companies creating diseases so they can sell the cure; we can’t even trust our religious leaders, who for millennia have created their own religions to have power over people, misusing the Bible and the Epistles to make people worship the way they want, but not the way God said. Really… we can’t trust anyone in authority, anymore, and haven’t been able to for a long time, so how can we trust something that allegedly happened thousands of years ago?
We trust by faith, without seeing, without proof, and more than that- despite all the evil we see in power, today. That is why I believe anyone who believes God exists, and who accepts Yeshua as the Messiah God promised to send, has more faith than the ones who saw Yeshua in person, performing the miracles he did.
Faith is, after all, a choice, and to ant proof is the antithesis of faith. I believe Yeshua is the Messiah God promised to send to the Jewish people. It was exceptionally hard for me, being Jewish, to do that, but it wasn’t because I had a vision, or was the recipient of a miraculous event. No! It was because I chose to believe.
Oh, yeah, I did research, I listened to others, I read the New Covenant and saw all the references to the Tanakh, realizing that Jesus didn’t create Christianity, and when I realized Jesus isn’t really who Yeshua is, that really helped me to see the true messiah, not the Christian savior who has forced the Jewish people to either convert or be killed for millennia.
Even with all the research and study, it came down to me making the choice to believe. I made that choice, and began to pray and act as if I really did have proof, without any real proof, and do you know what happened later?
After a few months of faithfully believing, I was at a Shabbat service and went up to the front for prayer, and when the Rabbi anointed me with the oil, I received the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, which was confirmation of my faithful acceptance.
Here is a link to my testimony, given over 20 years ago (please excuse the poor condition).
Faith is believing in things unproven and unseen, and since people are still accepting Yeshua as their messiah, by definition faith today is stronger than the faith people had back when Yeshua walked the earth.
If you are still thinking about accepting Yeshua as the messiah, I strongly recommend you make the choice to do so. It may be a while before you receive spiritual confirmation that you chose correctly, and that is because faith is a sort of a “Catch-22”: you need to have faith before your faith will be confirmed.
Faith in God and Yeshua is something that you must choose to have, and it is going to be hard to maintain when many of your family and friends deride and reject you because of your choice to be faithful. But if you hold on to your faith, you will receive rewards far beyond anything that any of those who reject you could ever give to you.
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That’s it for today, so l’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!