His name means "Savior" and his birth was predicted by prophets and foreseen by seers.
His cross is the most basic symbol of the cosmology of the people of Abraham and the sign of Reality.
He was born in David's city of Bethlehem, of the Tribe of Judah, of the Virgin Mary.
His coming was marked by the alignment of Regulus, the King star with Jupiter, the King planet in the constellation of Leo at the beginning of the Jewish New Year in 3 BC. The conjunction produced the appearance of a single extraordinarily bright star.
In Genesis 49:9-10, we read: "You are a lion's cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness-- who dares to rouse him? The sceptre will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his."
The association of Messiah with the tribe of Judah and the lion clarifies Jupiter's triple conjunction with Regulus within the constellation of Leo, The Lion.
The Messiah-King was visited by wise men from the East who brought gifts fit for a king.
Like Abraham and Moses, both princes yet regarded as foreigners, King Jesus' noble lineage was not recognized by the Jewish authorities.
When the people used palm fronds to greet Jesus as he entered Jerusalem, they greeted him as one to be enthroned. Fresh palm tree fronds were used ceremonially at the installation of rulers. Even today fresh palm tree leaves are “employed on occasions of installation to the position and rank of a sovereign, and to the office of a priest of high rank.” Fresh palm tree fronds are used ceremonially at the installation of rulers even today. (For more on this, go here.)
When He appeared before Pilate he did not deny that he was the King of Israel.
Mocking Him, the soldiers crowned him with thorns and dressed Him in royal purple.
While on the Cross, many read the sign that named his crime: "King of the Jews."
In death, His body was layed in the tomb of Joseph, the Aramathean. "Aram" is an old word meaning ruler or exalted. Sarah's people were Aramatheans and the blood line of Messiah is traced through the mothers. When we consider Sarah's story we recognize her as a type of Israel. To her the promise of a son was given. Initially, she laughed at the promise because she thought only in natural terms and she was beyond the age of child bearing. Then in her later days, she received the promised son and even insisted that he alone was to rule over his father’s territory. This is what happened to the Jews. They were given the Messianic promise and they laughed at Him. Long after the promise was made, Messiah was born and made known in Israel, but many of the leading Jews wanted Him dead. However many more followed Him and insisted that He was the King who was to rule over His Father’s kingdom.
Before he died at age 108, Israel's leading rabbi, Yitzhak Kaduri, left a signed note indicating Messiah's identity: Yeshua - Jesus.
A few months before, Rabbi Kaduri had surprised his followers when he told them that he met the Messiah in dreams and visions. His manuscripts, written in his own hand, have crosses painted by Kaduri all over the pages.
Many Jews have attempted to explain away the crosses, arguing that the great Rabbi Kaduri was not a Christian. Of course not! However, he was wise and prayerful, and he knew the tradition and cosmology of his people. Those combined to lead him to Jesus, Messiah and King.