One of our staff in Israel recently had a meaningful conversation about Messiah’s identity. Here is what happened…
I recently enjoyed one at my local bakery. As I paid for my purchases, one cashier, Yaron (name changed), looked at me and said,
“You are a yoga teacher, right? You look like a yoga teacher.”
“No,” I answered. Nothing I was wearing could have given him the impression I was a yoga teacher.
Unconvinced, Yaron insisted, “Are you certain you are not a yoga teacher?”
Smiling, I said, “I am really not.” “Well, you teach something. What do you teach?” he asked.
I explained I teach Tanakh (i.e., the Old Testament) and the New Testament.
Yaron smugly responded, “I knew you taught something! But why do we need the New Testament when the Tanakh is complete and perfect?” “You are right, it is perfect,” I said, “but the Tanakh speaks of prophecies, specifically concerning Messiah – His coming and who He is – the fulfillment of which are not covered in the Tanakh, but the New Testament reveals.”
“So, who is it?” he asked.
“I believe the Messiah is Yeshua, as shown in the New Testament, and He fulfills the Messianic prophecies throughout the Tanakh.”
“But if the Messiah came, should there not be peace?” Yaron noted. “Clearly, there is no world peace.” “Well, not yet,” I replied. “There are two comings of the Messiah: He first came as the Suffering Servant to die for our sins, as prophesied in Isaiah 53, but He will return a second time on the ‘Day of the Lord,’ as spoken of in the prophets, to judge the earth and bring peace.”
“We are still waiting for Messiah,” he responded.
“But what if Messiah has already come?” I asked. “If we truly believe in God and His Word, should we not search and see who He is and if He has come?”
In a busy bakery, there’s just so much one can cover in two minutes. Please pray for more such opportunities with Yaron and others and for God to bring more believers to water seeds sown!