Is Jesus the Messiah?
Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:34 am
I was wondering why the Sophian tradition excepts Jesus- Yeshua as the messiah while the Jewish people do not? Also, why does the spelling of the name Yeshua deviate from the full Yod Heh Shin Vav Heh - Yehoshua? I just find the divide between the Jews and Christians all rather confusing and I'd like to understand.
Re: Is Jesus the Messiah?
Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:31 pm
Greetings and blessings to you in the Holy Light of the Messiah!
There can be many reasons that Jewish people, Muslim people, as well as other people, do not recognize and receive Yeshua as the Messiah, starting with various ideas about what “messiah” means, many of which may be misconceptions; but then, from a Gnostic perspective, or the understanding of the Christian Kabbalah, many ideas presented in mainstream Christianity seem to be misconceptions, or at least a very limited, and distorted, view of the Messiah. You see, not recognizing and receiving Yeshua as the Messiah has everything to do with what individuals think “messiah” means, and more so what they believe enlightenment or God to be. Even speaking of Jewish people who reject the assertion of Yeshua as the Messiah, there is no single, blanket answer for why that is so - it’s complicated, and it will differ from one individual to another, sometimes simply reflecting a karmic vision and the family, the religion, into which one is born, which shapes one’s beliefs and worldview - one’s self-identity.
Perhaps, with regards to others, there is nothing to understand concerning why they might believe Yeshua was, is, the Messiah, or believe Yeshua wasn’t, isn’t, the Messiah; perhaps what matters is our own experience, our own faith and knowledge, and whether or not we have faith in Yeshua as the Messiah, and having faith in Yeshua Messiah what our experience, and knowledge and understanding of the Messiah is.
That said, understand, in the time of Adonai Yeshua there was an expectation of the coming of the Messiah - the Anointed of God, and for many Jews their expectation of the Messiah was a prophet and warrior-king after the fashion of King David, one with whom “Yahweh would fight on their side,” overcoming evil oppressors in the world, restoring the ancient kingdom of Israel, an earthly kingdom, with earthly prosperity and happiness. This had little, or nothing, to do with the will of the Eternal One (Yahweh), however, but rather, the Messiah who was sent was after the fashion of Melchizedek, a priest-king, one whose kingdom was, is, not of this world; hence, one who would usher in the kingdom of heaven, the way of the Great Exodus, the Great Ascension. Seeking a messiah that would be a great warrior-king, and a king of an earthly, worldly kingdom, the Messiah who came as a priest-king, ushering in a heavenly kingdom, would not be so easily recognized and received, but rather wold be rejected. unrecognized as messiah.
There is also a natural, and reasonable, struggle against where orthodox Christianity went with their ideas, theologies, concerning Yeshua as the Messiah, for truly, the idea of “messiah” has been made into some sort of demigod come down, and the person of Yeshua (Jesus) made into something of an idol, such that the greater truth and mystery of the Messiah and the realization or enlightenment in the Messiah, has been all but lost, buried in manmade dogmas and doctrines of the blind leading the blind. To be honest, what many or most good Christians would proclaim concerning “Jesus Christ” and the Gospel I would be inclined to fiercely reject, and yet I have passionate faith in Adonai Yeshua as the Messiah, along with knowledge, understanding and wisdom of the Messiah acquired through direct spiritual and mystical experience; so I do understand how what’s often put forth concerning “Jesus Christ,” and corresponding dogmatic doctrines preached, puts off many people, Jewish and otherwise.
There is much that can be said of Yeshua as the Messiah, and much has already been written in these forums concerning this subject, for it is central to our lineage and tradition. Here, though, we can share a few basic thoughts and views concerning the Messiah in the Gnostic Path and Messianic Kabbalah of our lineage and tradition, highlighting points of teachings that have been given.
First, to us Adonai Yeshua is an Elder Brother, so that what becomes realized in him, and embodied in him, we are also to realized and embody; in him the Holy Light and Spirit of God - Shekinah, becomes embodied in full, and in this embodiment of the Holy Light and Spirit he experienced conscious unification with God, the Infinite and Eternal, and embodied God Consciousness - Supernal or Messianic Consciousness; hence, to us, there is the mystery of Yeshua as the Savior, but also as the Gnostic Revealer - a teacher of the path to enlightenment, the Great Ascension, Great Liberation. According to our gospel, the Messiah is not isolate to Yeshua, but is also embodied by Lady Mirya (Mary Magdalene), and others, more or less, and is to be embodied in us as well; hence, Messiah - the Anointing with the Holy Light and Spirit of God, the Eternal One.
Adonai Yeshua is The Messiah in this sense, in that he is our Elder Brother, firstborn from among the dead, first to embody the fullness of the Holy Light and Spirit - Supernal or Messianic Consciousness; and no other among us will hold this place in this world, so that we speak of the Master, the Perfect Tzaddik, as Adonai Yeshua, “Lord,” and rightly so.
Understand, though, that when we speak of the Messiah not isolate to Yeshua, we also hold a vision of the Universal Messiah - the “Cosmic Christ,” and in this vision what is called Buddha, Krishna, and so on by various peoples, we hear as ‘Messiah,’ ‘Christ,’ the embodiment of divine or enlightened being, conscious unification with the source of all being, the Holy One of Being. To us this is ‘Christ,’ ‘Messiah’ - the ‘Anointing.’ Thus, to us the truth of Messiah is not just “Christian,” it is something much greater, much more dynamic, but for us, the vehicle of this revelation and realization of divine or enlightened being is Yeshua Messiah and the Gospel, this is the manifestation of the way to enlightenment given to us in the Spirit of God, and so we follow in the Way - Messiah, passionately, and this is the focus of our lineage and tradition, the light transmission of the Christian stream, or Messianic Kabbalah.
Quite distinctly, the Messiah becomes experiential to initiates of our lineage and tradition, and according to our gospel we are to strive to be and become Messiah - the Anointed; hence, we strive to enter into the very same realization or enlightenment as Adonai Yeshua, our Elder Brother.
As for why we tend to use the name Yeshua rather the Yoshua, or Jesus, it is the Aramaic of his name and he and his disciples spoke Aramaic as their common language, so using Yeshua we touch into that the name the Master was called in life by those who encountered and knew him; at times though, in prayer and ceremony, we do use the Hebrew, Yoshua (“Joshua”), or various pronunciations of it. If someone is inclined to use the Greek, Jesus, that’s fine too. I suppose we also enjoy the use of Yeshua because “Jesus” is the name put forth by orthodoxy, the unspiritual church, so Yeshua might connote a different vision of the Messiah than that of orthodoxy, and that is certainly the case in our lineage and tradition - we hold a very different vision and experience of the Messiah from that of most of mainstream Christianity.
These are a few thoughts I was inclined to share.