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December
2012

Christians: "Jesus is the way..." So, they follow him áll the way?!

Christians world wide love this verse. Many also use this passage to contradict the idea that the Israelites still hold a special bond with God as his chosen people. In fact many Christians ignore Jesus Jewishness all together. 

Question is, do Christians really follow Jesus' way by doing this? And, what could possibly be the usefulness and/or blessing of Jesus Jewishness to Christians, to non-Jews?

Jesus the Jew

Who was this Jesus? What was so Jewish about him? To answer these questions, just a few facts about Jesus' life that he lived as an example to all.

He was a man born in and whom became a member of God's congregation of Israel in the land of Israel. As a baby he was circumcised - Luke 2:21 - in accordance to the God's Law, also called the Law of Moses. Circumcision in itself isn't meant to save any one but to make clear that someone is part of God's congregation of Israel, Genesis 17. Jesus was presented in the Temple by his parents as required by the Law of Moses, Luke 2:22-38. His parents did all which was in accordance to the Law of Moses, Luke 2:22-24.

At the age of twelve - Bar Mitzvah meaning "son of the Law", is at the age of thirteen - during the feast of Pesach (Passover*) he was in the Temple - Luke 2:41-52 - sitting with the Jewish teachers. “.. why did you did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?”, was his answer to his his parents who found him after three days in the Temple. Other translations speak of him being with those whom belonged to his Father and being busy with that which concerned his Father. He was learning - Hebrews 5:7-8 - from God the Almighty Father through his people. And as an adult Jesus choose to be baptized in the river Jordan by John, Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus whom became a Rabbi - John 3:2 - lived by the Law of Moses - Matthew 5:17-20 - while keeping God's feasts, including the Shabbat (Sabbath). The feast of Pesach - Luke 22:7-15 - and of Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles, John 7:1-39. Jesus even asked his followers to remember him at the supper during the feast of Pesach, Luke 22:15-20. And at the feast of Shavout or Feast of Weeks - Pentecost*, sometimes around the same time - something special happened to all the Jews present where the followers of Jesus were, Acts 2

Biblical scripture, the Gospels and the book of Acts, often speaks of Jesus' visits to the Temple, John 7: 37. Nowadays the Temple building isn't there, but the Temple Mount is. Biblical scripture does speak of holy and sacred ground - Exodus 3:5 - also concerning the surroundings of the Temple, Ezekiel 43:12! He also often went to the Synagogues, Matthew 4:23. The same way did his early followers.  

Jesus showed the way with and through his life. So? 

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Opinion