As a young believer in Christ, I basically thought that the New Testament message that Jesus is the Suffering Servant Messiah was a no-brainer. So, I was always rather frustrated as to why modern day Jews will not simply accept Jesus as their Messiah and become Christians. I mean, is it not obvious?
Well, if you ever get to know an Orthodox Jew, you might learn that the New Testament claim about Jesus is not so obvious. The New Testament does teach this Truth, but you really have to work with the Old and New Testament texts to get at it. It is very subtle.
However, the most subtle things in life often become the most important and life changing. The following post on our church’s Lenten series blog lays out the challenge….
I have been privileged over the years to have some Jewish friends, particularly of the Orthodox variety. I am still learning quite a bit about Hebrew ideas and culture. I try not to say Old Testament around my Jewish friends, as this might put up some barrier, so I talk of the Tanakh instead. I share about the current season of Lent, but I also inquire about the coming Passover.
It was news to me when I learned that the reason why Jews reject Christianity is not so much because of fears of anti-semitism. Instead, Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah because they believe that Christians have the Bible wrong.I recently heard that many Jews look at Christians pretty much the same way many evangelical Christians look at…
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