Two thousand years ago God created a new man, a second Adam. A pure seed was placed in the womb of a young Hebrew virgin named Miriam. The angel revealed to Yoceph, Miriam’s husband, that His name was to be Yahshua (which means, “Yahweh’s Salvation”), for He would “save His people from their sins.” He was born and grew up as any other child — facing the trials and temptations that come to all of us. But He had parents who loved Him and understood who He was and that He was created for a great purpose. They were diligent to train Him and prepare Him to fulfill His purpose.
Our Master Yahshua received His training well and kept Himself pure. He only wanted to do the will of His Father. As He grew, He began to understand more and more about who He was and what was before Him. He studied the law of Moses and the proverbs of Solomon and the words of the great prophets. These gave Him deeper revelation about God’s great purpose and His part in it. He came to understand that He was the Messiah — the One sent by God to rule over His people. He also knew that He would be greatly tested and would have to overcome where the first Adam had not. The future of God’s purpose and all creation depended upon the choices that He would make in his life.
At about thirty years of age, He began to travel throughout the dry, parched land of Israel revealing the glory of His Father to all those who were humble enough to receive Him. He spoke the truth about His Father and exposed the false teachings of the religious leaders who claimed to know God, yet oppressed the people. He demonstrated the compassion and kindness of His Father as He healed blind and crippled people and those with serious diseases. He was not afraid to draw near to those who were rotting away from leprosy and heal them. He was not too proud to associate with prostitutes and the unjust tax-gatherers and offer them the hope of forgiveness and a new life. He even raised people from the dead.
Those who recognized the glory of God in our Sovereign Yahshua loved Him and followed Him. Those who didn’t recognize His Father’s glory hated Him. His pure life and penetrating words totally exposed the inner strife of those who were seeking their own glory. They said He was an evil man, a cult leader. But our Master knew who He was and continued to give Himself to the work His Father had given Him to do.
He was the perfect example of how a man was created to be. He was also the exact representation of His Father. He was able to overcome where the first Adam had not, because He was obedient to everything He heard from his Father. He did not listen to the evil one. There was nothing in Him to separate Himself from His Father and seek His own independent life. He overcame every enemy of man’s soul: pride, worthlessness, greed, vanity, jealousy, fear, shame, and self-pity. In His last hours He told His followers that the ruler of the world (Satan) was coming for Him, "but he has nothing in me.”
There was just one enemy left to conquer and that was death. He knew that test was coming. He was betrayed by one of His closest friends and sold into the hands of the religious leaders who were intent on silencing Him… for good! They falsely accused Him of violating their laws and demanded that He be executed. Even when the governor of the territory proclaimed Him to be innocent, the religious leaders stirred up the crowds to demand that He be crucified.
He faced His accusers and executioners with remarkable dignity and peace. They mocked him, calling Him “the King of the Jews.” They shoved a crown of thorns on His head, driving the long spikes into His scalp and face. They whipped Him and beat Him all over. They disgraced Him by yanking his beard completely out of His face. Then they dropped a large wooden stake on His bloody back and pushed Him along the road toward the place where they would bring His life to a brutal end. At this point the kindest man who ever walked the earth was beaten beyond recognition, yet He never uttered one complaint or threat against those who were torturing Him.
When they reached the place of His execution, our Master Yahshua willingly laid down on His torture stake. The Roman soldiers drove long spikes through His hands and feet and lifted Him up on this tree and set it in place. He surveyed the scene as much as He could through His swollen face and the searing pain in His body that screamed for His full attention. He saw the two criminals that were being crucified alongside of Him. They were full of fear and screaming curses. He saw the people who watched from a distance. He saw His mother and a few of His followers nearby. Most of His other friends were hiding in fear for their own lives. Several of the religious leaders stood before Him, taunting Him, saying, “If you are the Messiah, come down from there, then we’ll believe in you.” At that moment there was nothing in His heart but compassion. He said, “Father, please forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing!” He knew that He was innocent and that He was dying in the place of all those who were separated from His Father by their own guilt. He had peace. Even in His hideous circumstances, the glory of His Father was still shining forth from Him. A Roman centurion who stood by and watched His crucifixion said, “Surely this man was the Son of God.”
Our Master Yahshua knew separation from His Father for the first time as the weight of the sins of the whole world were cast upon Him. His soul plummeted into the most unimaginably horrible place — DEATH. There He willingly received the full measure of what our sins deserved. After three days and three nights He was raised from the dead by His Father. Death could not hold this innocent man once our sins had been paid for. He conquered the final enemy… FOR US!
He then returned to His friends and confirmed that He was alive! He had accomplished what His Father sent Him to do! Now He was sending them to proclaim the good news that God had given His Son as a sacrifice to pay for our sins. Those who receive faith to believe this in their heart will be cleansed of the guilt of their sins and receive the very Spirit of God that was in our Master.