What is “Messianic”?
Sometimes there is a significant amount of misunderstanding even among “Messianic” believers. Congregations or Synagogues who call themselves “Messianic” do so for a variety of reasons. The term “Messianic” is derived from the Hebrew word “Mashiach” from which we get the English word, “Messiah.” The related term “Messianic” was later applied to the 1st century movement of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. A number of Jewish and non-Jewish scholars have correctly labeled this 1st century movement “Messianic Judaism.” The Apostolic scriptures document the events of The Messiah coming to His people Israel as a servant and priest, laying down His life in death via crucifixion. Thus, He offered up Himself as a sacrifice, resulting in an atonement for the sins of His people and the sins of the whole world. It records His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God. Soon He will return to fulfill all the prophecies of the Tanakh (Torah, Prophets and Writings) concerning His kingship and kingdom. He will deliver Israel from all her enemies and exalt her above all the nations. Is it any wonder that Messiah’s name is Yeshua, Hebrew for Yahweh’s Salvation? Thus the term Messiah finds its meaning and fulfillment in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus The Messiah). This is why we call ourselves a Messianic congregation. As believers we have returned to our Jewish Messiah. He has grafted us into the Jewish olive tree (Romans 11) and made us partakers with Jewish believers in the rich root of the olive tree. The rich root being the commonwealth of Israel and the covenants of promise given to them by God Himself through the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.