Isaiah and the Servant

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….

Lessons in Lent

Persecuted Jews plead for mercy from Ferdinand and Isabella (credit: Universal Images Group / Getty Images) Persecuted Jews plead for mercy from         Ferdinand and Isabella   (credit:
Universal Images Group / Getty Images)

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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About Clarke Morledge

Clarke Morledge -- Computer Network Engineer, College of William and Mary... I hiked the Mount of the Holy Cross, one of the famous Colorado Fourteeners, with some friends in July, 2012. My buddy, Mike Scott, snapped this photo of me on the summit. View all posts by Clarke Morledge

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