We live in a culture that loves super-heroes: saviours who will come to our rescue when we are in big trouble. In the course of Jewish history, the Messiah (meaning “anointed one”), has been looked forward to as a Saviour who would bring peace and prosperity to a hurting world.
Though many religious Jews expect a Messiah who will bring ultimate peace to the whole world, there are actually two pictures of Messiah in the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures).
It is true that one of those pictures is of a conquering king who will bring eternal peace. The other picture, however, is of one who is humble and who would be “wounded because of our rebellious deeds,” “crushed because of our sins” and by that wounding would heal us (Isaiah 53:5). In other words, this Messiah was to bring peace – not to the whole world – but to each individual, as our relationship with God is healed.
This Messiah would not only be a Saviour but he would be God! God, come in the flesh to be our superhero – since we have no superhero great enough to cleanse us of our rebellious spirit. “For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).
That Messiah was Yeshua (Jesus), who died some 2,000 years ago. He is the ultimate superhero, but unlike Superman and Batman, he is real. He lived among us, teaching as no one had taught before. He died on a Roman cross and was buried, but then rose again to life – an occurrence that was witnessed by hundreds.
Not only that, but the Messiah Yeshua is still alive, in heaven, giving both Jews and Gentiles the promise of eternal life. As there were many who could testify of him 2,000 years ago, so there are many today who can testify to his life-changing existence.
Don’t settle for an imaginary superhero, but settle for the very real superhero: Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). He is your best hope for peace, joy, love and eternal life.