Meshugge or Moshiach?
Meshugge is a Yiddish word that means a person is a bit weird, crazy, or even possibly a lunatic!
Moshiach is a Hebrew word that means the Anointed One or Messiah of G-d sent to save all people from their sins. Therefore, according to the Holy Scriptures this person is the Servant of HaShem, who brings the shalom of G-d to those who put their trust in Him.
Isaiah 49:5-6. “And now, saith the L-rd that formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob again to Him. Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eye of the L-rd, and my G-d shall be my strength. And He said, it is a light thing that Thou should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give Thee for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou may be My salvation unto the end of the earth.”
(From these two verses we can clearly see that the Messiah’s mission from G-d is to not only bring salvation to Israel but also to the Gentiles).
Over the centuries many have claimed to be or have been put forward by their followers to be the Messiah. Because we have the Scriptures to guard and guide us it has not been too difficult to dismiss these impostors as being meshugge!
But nearly 2,000 years ago thousands of Jewish people were convinced that Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah! And today there are still plenty of Jews and Gentiles who believe He is the Messiah, the Anointed One.
Why? Because He has fulfilled the prophecies spoken of by the prophet Isaiah and others and has Himself claimed to be the Messiah:-
1. During a synagogue service He stood up and read from the scroll of Isaiah (chapter 61) that speaks of the Messiah’s mission. We know this because the verses were quoted by a gentile, who had already believed the promise of G-d to the Gentiles in Isaiah chapter 49 that His Servant the Messiah would bring salvation to them as well as Israel. This gentile was called Luke and he was one of the four Gospel (which means Good News) writers, the other three writers were Jewish, being Matthew, Mark and John.
So in the following verses of Luke’s Gospel account we can read of Yeshua’s claims about himself:-
Luke 4:14-21. And Yeshua returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the L-rd.’
And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And He began to say unto them,
"This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears."
2. When a woman asked Yeshua about the Messiah he declared unto her:
“I who speak to you am He.” This is recorded in John 4:25-26.
There are a number of other passages that record the actual words of Yeshua with regard to who He was and still is.
He was then, either the Moshiach or meshugge and if he is the Messiah wouldn’t it be meshugge (crazy) to ignore Him!
We should not be misled by misconceptions or the opinions of others.
We should read for ourselves and decide if Yeshua measures up to the message of the Hebrew Prophets.