It’s surprising to find that Jesus came for the Jews and yet there are over 15 million Jews who don’t believe he was the messiah. In the article “The Jewish Background of Jesus” the author talks about how he didn’t know any Jewish people in his early years. First, we have to distinguish the two types of Jewish people you could meet. You could be Jewish by heritage, but not be religious. Then, you be a member of the Judaism and be a very religious Jew. Mel Brooks considers himself a secular Jew because he doesn’t necessarily engage in Judaism. When the author talks about how he meant some Jewish people in his twenties, it changed his perspective on Jesus and the New Testament. The author started to have concerns with Jesus being Jewish and his impact on the Jews. I find no contradiction between the Jewish background of Jesus and the impact he had on the Jews.
Jesus called himself the son of Man, the son of David, and the Messiah. Clearly, Jesus himself thought himself to be very Jewish. If one digs deeper into the Gospels you tend to find Jewish style writing in the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. The account of Mark records the life and ministry of Jesus from a Jewish perspective. Matthew, Mark, and John were all Jews writing about how they witnessed the greatest Jew to ever live. The messiah himself came for the Jews first, then the Gentiles. Luke writes his gospel from a historical perspective and is considered one of the best historians of his time. Jesus recited old Jewish scriptures to indicate he is the messiah for the Jews. John the Baptist was considered a holy man by many Jews and he asked if Jesus was the Messiah. Clearly, Jesus answered his question with a very emplicit yes. Jesus was raised Jewish in Nazareth by his parents Mary and Joseph. Jesus fulfilled many of the Old Testament Prophecies like being betrayed for 30 pieces of silver and having no broken bones. Jesus’ crucifixion scene reflects the prophecies of Psalm 22 when he says “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”. Also the torture scene in Psalm 22 matches perfectly with death by crucifixion resembling Christ’s death even more. Although we have no records of Jesus’ childhood after his birth, we do have the story of where he’s in a Jewish temple. He’s in a Jewish temple and his parents are looking for him and find him asking questions to his elders. This demonstrates his childhood with a Jewish background and took it very seriously. Jesus is baptized at age thirty and starts his ministry in Galilee. In the final week of his ministry, his resurrection proves that he was much more than a great Jewish teacher. It shows that he was God himself since he was raised from the dead. If he was not God, then he committed blasphemy for claiming to be able forgive sin and claiming that he was equal to God. Jesus has a Jewish background, but is more than just a great Jewish teacher. Jesus is God himself and came for the entire world.
Why our there 15 million Jews who don’t believe in Jesus as the messiah? I believe we have to rewind back to when Jesus was being tried for blasphemy. He challenged the Jewish leaders at the time who just lived by the law and wanted to maintain their power as the high priests. The high priests convinced many of the Jews to go against Christ because by showing he had committed blasphemy. Ultimately they didn’t want to lose their powers as the high priests. They had Jesus crucified to suppress the truth himself. Obviously, that plan didn’t work because Jesus rose from the dead. Why don’t Jews nowadays believe in Christ? Well it has to do with the fact that Christ didn’t deliver the Jews from the Roman Empire. God’s intension was to deliver the Jews from sin and death. Also to deliver the Gentiles form sin and death as well. The Roman Empire was part of God’s plan since they help spread the Gospel through their road system. The Roman empire eventually converted to Christianity and ultimately help the spread of Christianity worldwide. If Christ did not have an impact on the world, then why are 2.4 billion Christians worldwide? Christ turned 1st century Jews into Christians and they didn’t get power or wealth. They got beaten, tortured and killed for their conversion to Christianity. If Christ didn’t have an impact of Jewish culture, then there would either no Jews or Christians today. Many Jews consider themselves messianic Jews and do believe Christ was the messiah. Christ did impact the Jewish world and we should expect 2.4 billion Christians worldwide if he truly was who he said he was. Christ was the greatest Jew to live because he delivered the Jews and the world from sin and death.
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