God the Son became flesh (Isaiah 9:6-7) in the person of Yeshua of Nazareth, the promised Messiah of Israel (Jeremiah 23:5-6, Micah 5:2), who was conceived by the Spirit of God and born of the Jewish virgin, Miriam (Mary) (Isaiah 7:14). He is both fully God and fully man, united forever without division or confusion.
Messiah Yeshua died as a substitutionary sacrifice for man's sin (Leviticus 16:15-16; 17:11, 2 Corinthians 5:14) and all who believe in Him are declared righteous on the basis of His shed blood (Romans 5:8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18). The Messiah's substitutionary death (Psalm 22:16, Isaiah 53:4-6; 10-12, Daniel 9:26, Zechariah 12:10) was the purchase price (Mark 10:45) for our redemption and was foreshadowed in the Tenach in the slaying of the Passover lamb, the sin and trespass offering, and the sin offerings on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
Messiah Yeshua arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will one day return for all who believe in Him (Romans 3:24-26). Presently He serves as our Cohen Gadol (Great High Priest) according to the priesthood of Melchizedek. As such, He is intercessor and advocate before the Father in behalf of all believers (Hebrews 7:1-25).
Olive Tree Congregation
203 E. Camp McDonald Rd.
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Wednesday, December 19, 2007