Signs of the Messiah – The One Who is to Come
“Are you the One Who is to Come?” (Luke 7:20)
The Jews wanted a king who would restore Israel as a nation. Yeshu, a Galilean carpenter, was not the kind of Messiah that they wanted. “Who are you?” (John 8:25) they said, and asked him for a sign when he had only just performed many wonderful works, and the crowds wanted to make him King. But the Jewish leaders given their authority to rule under the Romans feared an uprising by the people, and the loss of their special privileges. “Show us a sign”, they said.
But they did not really want a sign. If Yeshu had come riding a horse with golden wings it might have been different! But Yeshu was the kind of Messiah foretold in Isaiah 42:2, 3a.
ཡེ་ཤ་ཡཱ (35:5-6) – Isaiah (35:5-6)
5ལོང་བས་མཐོང་ཞིང། འོན་པས་ཐོས་པར་འགྱུར། 6ཞ་བོས་མཆོང་ནས་གར་ཁྲབ་བྱེད་པར་འགྱུར། སྨྲ་མི་ཐུབ་པས་དགའ་བས་སྐད་འབོད་བྱེད།
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
Luke the doctor tells us what Yeshu did:-
- He opened blind eyes (Luke 18:35-43)
- He healed deafness and muteness (11:14 & Mark 8:31-37)
- He healed lameness (Luke 5:18-25)
- He cured leprosy (Luke 5:12, 13; 17:11-19)
- He raised the dead to life (Luke 7:11-15; 8:40-56; see too John 11:1-44)
- And he preached good news to the poor (Luke 5:15 & 7:17-23).
To John and others he said, ‘That is the kind of Messiah that I am. Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.’
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