Before our Yom Kippur liturgy, I will be sharing the following message to put the days proceedings in perspective.
"Whoever does not carry his own crossbeam and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:27). Messiah Yahshua’s atoning sacrifice is contingent on our own sacrifice we make each day by following his rightly divided instruction. This instruction is the correct approach to seeing, hearing, walking and being made alive in the Torah. Yahshua’s ministry, characterised by healing individuals and masses from afflictions such as deafness, blindness, lameness, and death, physically illustrated this core objective.
YHWH doesn’t perform spectacles to solidify faith. If this was the case, the entire wilderness generation who witnessed the parting of the Red Sea would have remained loyal. Furthermore, intellectual acceptance of a saviour based off a miraculous event doesn’t bring about salvation of an individual. “You believe that there is one Elohim. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.” (James 2:19) Whilst salvation is often advertised as a free gift, Rabbi Yahshua instructed expectant believers to count the cost. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it. For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him” (Luke 14:28).
The Book of Galatians’ insight to live by the Spirit does not solicit cutting corners in Torah observance if things seem a bit outdated, difficult or foreign. Today is not about attaining salvation by some other route, it is about doing all we can to allow Yahshua’s atonement to take affect. Brothers and sister, there’s work involved our end, much work. “Be diligent to show yourself approved to Elohim, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
As the prodigal son rose up and started the long track back to his father’s house, let us rise up today and return to YHWH, individually and corporately. May it be that as the Father’s homestead comes into view, that we see him run out to meet us with open arms.