The day will come when the nation of Israel will acknowledge and embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This is not a message to resent or discourage but one to enthusiastically embrace!
“The Book of Romans is a Jewish evangelistic tract. Paul convinces the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah that should be believed in. He produces a series of arguments that help convince the Jew that he should place his faith in the Messiah. Paul’s poignant questions and clear refutals dismiss the many false teachings that they commonly hear. ” – Paul Bucknell, BFF
If this indeed be the case, why are so many evangelicals retreating from their responsibility to share the message of redemption to God’s own chosen people?
“Ordinarily God uses people to spread his message. Good news is no news at all if it is not communicated. And it must be shared first with the Jews (Rom. 1:16). Their calling as God’s covenant people makes our evangelistic obligation to them greater, not less.” – Stan Guthrie, Christianity Today
Jesus, and his apostles in particular, were all Jewish-born children of the promise. Why would we fail to proclaim the promise of redemption to all intended recipients? Especially those, to whom, the plan of redemption was initially intended.
I’d like to take a few moments to consider how the Godly promises made to a chosen people were fulfilled. The Lord Jesus Christ was sent down from heaven to redeem His people and provide a way of salvation unto all humanity.
Here is a brief listing of the OT chapter-verse where the prophecy claim is made, followed by the NT book where it is fulfilled based on the testimony of Scripture.
According to the Word of God,
Genesis 12:3 descendant of Abraham Matthew 1:1
Genesis 49:10 from the tribe of Judah Luke 3:33
Ezekiel 37:24 will shepherd His people Matthew 2:6
Psalm 45:6-7, Psalm 102:25-27 anointed and eternal Hebrews 1:8-12
Micah 5:2 born in Bethlehem Luke 2:4-5, 7
Daniel 9:2 time for His birth Luke 2:1-2
Isaiah 7:14 to be born of a virgin Luke 1:26-27, 30-31
Psalm 72:9 worshipped by shepherds Luke 2:8-15
Isaiah 29:18, Isaiah 35:5-6 blind, deaf, and lame are healed by the Messiah Luke 7:22, Matthew 11:3-5
Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 49:1 will minister to Gentiles Matthew 12:18-21, Luke 2:32
Isaiah 53:3, 8:14, 28:16, Psalm 118:22 rejected by His own people, the Jews John 1:11, Luke 23:18, Acts 4:111, Peter 2:6-8
Psalm 41:9, Psalm 55:12-13, Zechariah 13:6 betrayed by a close friend Luke 22:47-48, Matthew 26:49-50
Zechariah 11:12 betrayed for thirty pieces of silver Matthew 26:14-15
Isaiah 53:12 crucified with malefactors Mark 15:27-28
Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 22:16 pierced through hands and feet John 20:25-27
Psalm 22:17-18 soldiers gambled for His clothing Matthew 27:35-36
Isaiah 53:9 buried with the rich Matthew 27:57-60
Psalm 16:10, Psalm 30:3, Psalm 49:15, Psalm 118:17 to be resurrected Mark 16:6-7
Christian apologists are quick to report that the nature of the claims of the early Christian Church would not have risen from the Jewish people as quickly as it did as part of a mere fictional Old Testament-derived passion narrative. It just wasn’t possible taking into account all the realities, circumstances, and traditions of the culture at the time.
“Most contemporary (Christian) scholars see the disciples’ belief in Jesus’ resurrection as originating in their experiences of seeing post-mortem appearances of Jesus…The question then arises as to how to account for these experiences and whether such experiences are a sufficient cause of the disciples’ belief that God had raised Jesus from the dead.” – William Lane Craig
The truths of the Bible represents something extraordinary. Something miraculous……
I would like to offer that my Jewish brethren reconsider the evidence and understand that their Lord and Savior has already come!
Here’s a smart kid telling it like it is!
Tweets ~ @AmericaLost2013
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