Yeshua called the Twelve “to be with Him,” implying full-time service and discipleship. He commissioned them to preach His message of repentance and the imminence of the kingdom. He granted them special, supernatural authority akin to that which He Himself exercised: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons” (Matthew 10:8).
If legitimate human need and compassion for human suffering takes precedence over the sanctity of the Temple services, and the Temple services take precedence over the Sabbath prohibitions, then legitimate human need and alleviation of suffering takes priority over the Sabbath prohibitions: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).
In Judaism, weddings and mourning stand in antithesis to one another. Weddings require rejoicing. In Jewish law, a wedding procession takes precedence over a funeral procession. Jewish law suspends mourning rites for the sake of weddings and forbids weddings during times of national mourning.
Just as He intentionally took on Himself the leper’s uncleanness in order to heal Him, so too He intentionally took upon Himself human mortality in order to heal it. He intentionally took upon Himself our sin in order to cleanse us of it. He took upon Himself our guilt in order to absolve us of it.
If daily time spent in private prayer was important to Yeshua, who enjoyed full communion with the Father through the Spirit, how much more for us whose hearts are so prone to wander? Discipleship entails imitation ... emulating his daily habit of entering the Presence of God in focused, private prayer.
As the Master began to teach, however, the demon began to feel excessively uncomfortable, until at last it exploded in a rage and took control of his host’s voice. The evil spirit immediately identified the Master as “Yeshua of Nazareth” and the “Holy One of God.”
The Gospel message is the most important piece of the puzzle in terms of understanding Yeshua and the New Testament. But is the message really about believing in Jesus so you can go to heaven when you die? Let’s take a step back and start from the beginning.
Why did John come preaching an immersion for repentance? What does immersion have to do with preparing the way of the Lord? Let’s take a closer look at this concept and see how it can help us better understand the Gospels and Yeshua’s message.
When Yeshua asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”, Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” It was the correct answer, but Yeshua warned the disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Messiah. Why?