The Renaissance of Messiah
Something remarkable needs to happen on this earth, something shocking and startling. Messiah needs to be “born again.” He needs another Body to dwell in.
The Word Came into Flesh
In the first century, He grew up as a tender plant, a root out of the dry ground. The Word came into flesh and dwelt among them, and all could behold His glory, as He was full of grace and truth. In the twenty-first century, His Body will emerge in the same way — as a root out of dry ground. When the Word comes into flesh again on the earth, it will be the same.
Who can fathom this, and how can it be? Where is He?
There is a secret hidden in the scriptures. Whoever has His commandments and keeps them, they are the ones who love Him, and they will be loved by His Father, and He will reveal Himself to them.[fn]John 14:21[/fn] This is the process of emergence. It is a simultaneous occurrence — as they keep His commandments, He reveals Himself. The Word is the carrier and expression of the essence of God. The Word is revealed to them as they keep it, actually doing the things He said to do. By this the Word is again becoming flesh.
The Word needs the yielding human heart that will respond and be led by that Word, it becoming the sole source of direction and guidance for all actions. This heart was found in Yahshua. He didn’t take identity with anything other than His Father’s Word. As the Word said, He did, and He didn’t do anything other than what that Word said. This heart in Him united the Word with flesh, making the intent of the heart of God evident and manifest through the man Yahshua — by what He did and how He did it and what He said and how He said it.
What it Means to be a Son
Even from a young age His heart was turned toward the One He called Father. The scriptures say He matured in wisdom and stature, or it could be said that as He grew, the Word continued to become flesh. He was connected to His Source. He heard the same call come to Him that He later spoke to others. He heard from the Father, “Whoever has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.”[fn]John 14:21[/fn] Yahshua loved His Father’s commandments and gave no room to anything that might hinder Him from keeping them. Because of this, the Spirit descended on Him like a dove, and remained on Him. He saw the goal ahead, which drove Him to overcome the temptations that would lead Him off of this difficult course.
The Word was fully “enfleshed” in the man Yahshua. They were completely one. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”[fn]Galatians 4:4-5[/fn] This sonship was of the very same nature as the sonship Yahshua had received, being the first-born son of God. Yahshua was sent out by his Father to accomplish what He had been trained for — to be the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
He spoke many things, all with authority, because the words He spoke were the same words that had been spoken to Him by the Father, which He had wholeheartedly taken on unto obedience. Whoever received the words that this Man spoke received the same words that the Father spoke, because that was all that was in Him. At the very core of His being was the Word. If at any time He had decided not to obey, He would not have been the Son that the Father was looking for, and He would not have been chosen to be the Messiah.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”[fn]John 14:6[/fn] If He had chosen another way He would not have been able to say that He was the Way. If He listened to the temptation of another voice, He would not have been able to say that He was the Truth. If He had decided to live for any other cause, He would not have been able to say the He was the Life. But in Him the fullness of the deity, the very Word of God, was pleased to dwell. He became the image of the invisible God. When one of His disciples asked Him to be shown the Father and that would be sufficient for him, Yahshua replied, “Haven’t I been with you long enough? If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.”[fn]John 14:9[/fn]
Before He was crucified, He said something that was truly amazing: “I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you, but if I depart I will send Him to you… When He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth.”[fn]John 16:7,13[/fn] If anyone received that same Spirit, that very same essence and passion that the man Yahshua had received, the same Helper that helped Him, he would be led by that Spirit to do exactly what Yahshua had done — receive the Word. Those who truly received the Word just as He did, by obedience, would become the manifestation of the Word in flesh, just as He was. The outcome of fulfilling the commandments was made evident by the voice that came from heaven saying, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”[fn]Mark 1:11[/fn]
A Brief Candle
After His crucifixion, He was declared the Son of God with power upon His resurrection from the dead. This was verification that He had not wavered and His death had accomplished what He had been sent for. He had born witness to the truth. Those who had been with Him continued in His word. Whoever would receive them would receive Him, and whoever received Him, received the One who sent Him. They were the extension of Messiah. If they forgave anyone, their sins were forgiven. People were actually being saved from real and deep hurtful ways through them. The words they spoke had the power to transfer someone out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of the Son. They were healing many. Even greater, they were loving just as He had commanded them to, by laying down their lives for their friends. Although Yahshua, the firstborn from the dead, had ascended, the Word of God was still coming into flesh on the earth.
But, sadly, the Spirit that burned so brightly in the heart of Yahshua began to fade as it was replaced with other desires. Another spirit was welcomed in, another way than the one pure way they had received from Him. The wholehearted determination to do nothing unless the Word said to was replaced by people seeking their own glory. They stopped seeking the glory of the One who had first called them, and they failed to be true by allowing unrighteousness to be among them. Over a short period of time, no one was left who had that same heart and Spirit of devotion that Yahshua had. They stopped revering His word.
They left their first love and smothered the emerging life of Messiah, the Word incarnate, and the very beginning of the kingdom of God ceased from the earth.[fn]Revelation 2:4-5[/fn] Only an imposter continued, a false Messiah, the dead system of Christianity that mirrored the very system which Yahshua had so passionately declared as cut off. “The kingdom will be taken away from you and given to nation that produces the fruit of it.”[fn]Matthew 21:43[/fn] Or to put it another way, “The kingdom will be given to a nation that will receive His words and keep His commandments.” They stopped having a true and fervent love for one another, which proved that they were not His disciples. So people were no longer being saved from their sins and they were no longer bringing about the kingdom of God. Because those who claimed to know Him no longer walked as He did, His Word was ineffectual to their deaf hearts and Messiah had no dwelling place. The Word no longer was to be found incarnate anywhere on the whole earth.
So Messiah needed to be “born again.” The first love of His disciples needed a renaissance, a rebirth. A reformation of the dead system that claimed His name could not accomplish it. It had to be fresh and new, as from a preserved seed. The Word needed the same manifestation and evidence of love that it had in the beginning when all who received His word were together and shared all things in common and no one claimed that anything that he had was his own. Gladness and sincerity of heart marked their devotion. These signs always accompany the emergence of Messiah.
When the Word came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body you have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure… Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”[fn]Hebrews 10:5-7[/fn] So there has to be a body prepared for Him, through whom He can do the Father’s will, but where is that body to accomplish His will? Who will make the kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven? Who is going to represent Messiah, the Savior, to man, since mankind is still in such a state of decay? Who is going to preach the gospel of the kingdom as a witness so that the end can come? Who is going to be the Word incarnate? Where is that heart?
It must be accomplished, but Yahshua can’t do it Himself, for heaven holds Him till the time of the restoration of all things. He needs His words to find the good soil of a yielding hearts to sprout and grow. He needs those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth and believe in Him unto obedience, just as He believed in His Father.
The ones who actually leave behind everything for His sake and the gospel’s sake[fn]Mark 10:28-30; Luke 14:33[/fn] become the members of the Body that He was looking for. The pattern of the first believers, which is a community, is the Body He needs. They are a people who are willing to do His will and be led by His Spirit. All who believe His words and the veritable truth of His life are together and share all things in common.[fn]Acts 2:44[/fn] They are the redeemed sons of God. The redeemed reveal the Redeemer just as the Son revealed the Father. They, like Him, are born and then grow in wisdom and stature, looking forward to the day when they have been fully trained and the dove remains on them.
This by no means will happen by might or by power, but by His Spirit alone. Yahshua was fully surrendered to His Father and fully received His Word. When this is fully accomplished by His Body, His same Father will say, “These are my beloved sons in whom I am well pleased.” This will be the light to the nations, bringing His salvation to the ends of the earth.