The Messiahship of the Lord
General Shepherd
Messiahs: Individuals
Messiahs: Families
The Unification Church
The True Parents
The Blessing
About God and Humanity


























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On Jesus and the Mission of the Messiah

Jesus came as the Messiah for nothing less than the complete salvation of humanity; he was to fulfill the goal of the providence of restoration. (p. 112)

The Unification Church teaches that Jesus was the Messiah. He was the son of God who was sent to the people of Israel. His mission was to save the world and establish God’s Kingdom on earth and in heaven.

The Divine Principle teaches that Jesus did not come with the mission of saving the world by dying on the cross. In other words, God did not send Jesus with the intention of sending him the way of the cross (cf. pp. 114–117).

The Divine Principle explains that it is God’s responsibility to send the Messiah. However, it is humanity’s responsibility to receive the Messiah (cf. p. 120). Hence, the cross, according to the Divine Principle, was the result of people’s lack of faith in Jesus as the Messiah; it was not God’s will (cf. p. 121). This also supports the Divine Principle’s notion of portion of responsibility introduced earlier in this book.

According to the Divine Principle, the fundamental truth of portion of responsibility, coupled with the fact that human beings are fallen, caused God to give two sets of prophecies with regard to the fulfillment of the mission of the Messiah carried by Jesus (cf. pp. 121–122): One prophecy predicted that the Messiah awaited by Israel would go the way of the cross (cf. Isa. 53) and the other predicted that he would be raised to the position of King of kings (cf. Isa. 9, 11, 60; Lk. 1:31-33).

If the contemporaries of Jesus, especially the religious leaders, believed in him, he would have been elevated to the position of King of Kings and respected as such. But because they did not accept him as the Messiah whom they have long awaited, Jesus ended up going the way of the cross, i.e., suffering.

Besides enumerating reasons why Jesus was not supposed to go the way of the cross, the Divine Principle also enumerates reasons that contributed to Jesus being led to the cross (cf. pp. 122–130).

Jesus came as the new Adam. As such, he had the responsibility to restore the position of Adam who had the responsibility to unite with God and Eve, incarnate God’s word, and establish an environment where he would be God’s substantial representative. This is a mission that could not be fulfilled by dying on the cross. It is a mission that could only be fulfilled by establishing a physical lineage centering on God.











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