The word “Mashiakh” (or “Mashiach”) is the Hebrew word for Messiah, or “anointed.” It has become such a complex world for those who are seeking genuinely to serve יהוה with their “whole heart;” The Messiah, Yeshua, whom many call “Jesus Christ,” has had so many proponents, and so many who wish to define Him, it leaves the believer bewildered sometimes with the mountains of literature one can find about Him.
Why, then, would someone in a modern world, in the largest city in the southern United States, want to define himself as “Messianic,” which seems to oppose everything “Christian” and create such confusion for relatives and friends, and for fellow believers who are remaining in more typically American “traditional” Christianity?
The Messianic movement began a long time ago (2000 years, to be more precise!), and originally was an effort to give the Jewish person who believes in the Messiah Yeshua, “Jesus Christ,” a place to worship and serve יהוה in a Jewish manner. Nothing in scripture truly supports a Jew turning away from Judaism, upon close examination. So, why is it that the Messianic Synagogues contain more Gentiles than Jews? Because Gentiles are being brought back to Judaic thinking by יהוה, the Lord, to “provoke them (Jews) to jealousy” and bring Jews into the Kingdom of Messiah. But, more than that, many people are feeling a tug in their hearts to serve יהוה in a pure, biblical, untainted way.
Mashiakh means “Anointed (One), and Yeshua is the Anointed Savior of the world. יהוה Tzeva’ot, the Lord of Hosts, appointed Him to this role, and sent Him from His heart into the world to save everyone. But only those who accept Him and then follow Him in obedience to His Word actually receive the prize for salvation, eternal life. People who really, truly trust in יהוה, trust that His Word is true, and begin to “be conformed to the image of His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. That “image” is what has been blurred, not the Word. The Word remains true, and stable, but the enemies of G-d have managed to flood the minds of humanity with multiple distorted “images” of the Messiah, people who might “seem” to serve the G-d of the Bible, but who are actually serving self. Service to G-d is difficult, and sometimes lonely, especially when one begins to obey the simple truth in a world riddled with fallacy. Why run the risk of being rejected, despised, mocked, ridiculed, or “excommunicated?” Because Messiah Yeshua suffered the very same things, and said that His servants would too.