To my Jewish Friends
Have you ever wondered why Christians love the Jewish people? I know that there has been people who said "they were Christians" but have done much wrong to the Jewish people. Just because someone says they're a Christian doesn't mean that they really are. For the most part, true Christians love the Jews and their homeland, the land that God promised to Abraham. I ask myself why do I love the land of Israel? I have never been there; in the natural, the land mass doesn't appeal to me but there is something that appeals to my heart.
I cannot speak for all Christians, only for my self. So the question to myself is: why do I love the Jew and the Land of Israel? Why is it that when I read the Tenakh, I feel a bond with Abraham, Isaac and Joseph and love the stories of their lives? Why does my heart rejoice in the victories that God gave to the Israelites as He brought them out of the land of Egypt, with great signs and wonders? Why am I saddened by God's chastisement upon His chosen people, for their sins?
Being a Jew or a Christian is not religion, it is who we are, what we are. Out of all the faiths and religions of the world, as a Christian I can only relate and feel a bond to the Jew. I worship the same God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He alone, is the one true God. As a Christian my spiritual roots are founded in Judaism, from which the Messiah my Savior came.
So how do I and the Jew differ?
I'm not speaking of flesh and blood but of the heart, the spirit of man. Circumcised in the heart.
As I see it, I can only point to one major thing and that is the subject of the Messiah.
As a Christian I believe that the person called Jesus was and is the long awaited Jewish Messiah.
So you may ask "why do you believe that this Jesus is the Messiah?"
My answer can only be: because of what the Scriptures say. These Scriptures I would like to share with you, taken from the Hebrew Bible the Tenakh or what Christians call, the Old Testament. Isn't is curious that we have the same Bible; believe and pray to same God?
* Scriptures from the Tenakh concerning the Messiah
* Scriptures that Christians believe to be the fulfillment of Messianic Scriptures
from the Tenakh.
A Thought for you. All the New Testament writers were Jews.
Messianic Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ
His first Coming
There are many more – I only chose the ones people are familiar with.
“seed of the woman”
“not leave soul in hell” Nor see corruption of body
Psalms 22:6-8 “ mocked and scorned while on cross”
Psalms 22:16-18 “pierced hands and feet – gamble for His cloths”
Psalms 34:20 “not one bone broken”
Jeremiah 31:15 “Rachael weeping for children
Isaiah 7:14 “a virgin shall conceive”
Isaiah 9:6 “ a child is born a son is given”…
Isaiah 11:1-3 “stem and branch of Jesse – Spirit of Lord on Him”
Isaiah 40:3-5 “forerunner crying in the wilderness”
Isaiah 42:1-7 “ Christ the servant of the Lord – heals brings prisoners out”
Isaiah 50:6 “spit on face, pullout hair beat His back”
Isaiah 53:1-12 “despised, rejected, carried our sorrows, afflicted, wounded, bruised for our iniquities etc.”
Isaiah 61:1-2 “anointed to….”
Micah 5:2 “born in Bethlehem”
Zechariah 9:9”rides into Jerusalem on donkey”
Zechariah 11:12 “betrayed for 30 pieces of silver”
The odds of one person fulfilling just 8 of these prophecies is 1000,000,000,000,000,000
1 million trillion. According to several mathematicians.
How much is a trillion? consider:
1 Million seconds = 12 days
1 Billion seconds = 31 years
1 Trillion seconds = 31,688 years
Consider 1 million trillion. Only Almighty God could have fulfilled His prophetic word.
Jesus Christ fulfilled over 40 major prophecies of the Old Testament.
There are actually around 300 prophecies that are related in some way to Him.
In forensics, DNA evidence will convict a person of a crime based on 1 in 6 billion. Basically out of all the people on earth , the evidence points to only 1 person.
In odds, that is a drop in the ocean compared to the fulfillment of prophecies concerning Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Praise the Lord!
Scriptures that thrill my heart.
Zechariah 12:10. "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
11. "In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.
12. "And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;
13. "the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves;
14. "all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.
Zechariah 13:1 "In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
Romans 11:1, 24-27 I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
24. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more will these, who are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25. For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
26. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27. For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.''
So my friend, these are the foundation scriptures of my faith in Jesus, as the promised Jewish Messiah. It is He that I put my trust in, for eternal life.
John 11:25. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
As I understand the scriptures, the Jewish people as a whole have failed to see that the coming of the Messiah would be in two stages.
Stage one of His coming
He would come and be rejected as a whole by his own nation, their rejection of Him would become the hope of the Gentiles. God's plan of redemption was for all of mankind and not just the Jew. To the Jews were committed the oracles of God.
Stage two of His coming
Messiah will come and set up His Royal reign from the throne of David, at which time Israel will realize that Jesus Christ was and is the Messiah, at which point there will be a national mourning take place throughout all of Israel, as they repent and accept the King of Kings. Hallelujah!!
Notice the words of a Jew named Paul, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Rom 10:1Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Rom 10:2For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Rom 10:3For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Rom 10:4For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth."Come soon Lord Jesus"
May Jerusalem rest in peace.
In Christ's Service