We just had a great question arrive at our website, giving us an opportunity to explain who Y'shua was:
Could you help me understand why Yeshua at times talked to The Father (in prayer)? In Yochanan 11:41 or Mattityahu 27:46 for example he does so, but what for? I mean I read this article.
And although it gives a great insight in how Yeshua can be YHVH, but at the same time be human, I can’t find a clear answer why he needed to talk if he had YHVH’s Ruach residing in him?
He used only the words of the Father not his own, he and the Father are one he claims.. so although in human form he still had a connection with his ‘base’, ‘the body’, YHVH Himself as he was the arm of YHVH.
But now in these cases it seems like Yeshua had to make a connection, like there is a seperation, like he isn’t knowing what he as a manifestation of the thought of YHVH (like the Word of YHVH is) should have known.
Hopefully you could help me understand where all this talking was good for, and why it was necessary, and why he could not do without these prayers.
Thanks for the question! The answer is actually quite simple: Y'shua was a human being who, although Divine (because His Father was YHWH), he was not "God" while on earth. (GOD cannot be born or die.) He was the MESSIAH with divine powers, given to him by YHWH to do what he needed to accomplish while on earth.
As you know, in the beginning, he was "the Word" (John 1:1, 14) and he was the "arm of YHWH" mentioned in Isaiah 53:1, and he came forth to earth as "the arm." (An arm is attached to the body, and it does whatever the brain tells it to do. It is a part of the body, but not the WHOLE body.
Y'shua's entire life was spent doing the will of YHWH, proclaiming the Kingdom and doing everything YHWH commanded of him.) But he never went around telling people he was "God" nor did he accept worship. He constantly deferred to his "Father" during his time on earth.
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 8: 1. And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
Acts 24: 14. But this indeed I (Paul) acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve the Elohim of my fathers, believing all the things written in Torah and in the prophets.
So, while His death, burial, and resurrection are an important part of the Good News, it's not the whole story! God isn't just in the business of "saving" people. As Creator and law giver, He is in the business of teaching us how to be good subjects in His Kingdom to come!
We hope this helps!