I read an article that talked about Jews wanting Christian symbols removed. Jews have persecuted Christians like other countries persecuted them. The thing is we worship the same God. Yes, that’s right the same God (YHVH).
Jews you have missed what God has been trying to tell you for centuries. He kept showing you but you didn’t understand. You keep looking for the conquering Messiah and it went over your heads about the suffering Messiah. My pastor said that Jews couldn’t believe that the Messiah would put himself in that position. Why not? If a father sees his child in danger he will sacrifice himself to keep the child safe. Shepherds have done the same thing to protect the sheep. So why would the Messiah be any different? John 10:11-I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Lets start with the first time God talks about the Messiah. In Gen. 3:15-And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Here he isn’t talking about Eve but the woman that will bear the Messiah which is Mary. Pastor brought up a very interesting thing and very true. The male has the seed and not the woman.
In Ga. 4:4-But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law. Also, God said that he would be born of a virgin. Daniel. 9:25-Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Christ was referred to as the lamb of God. Gen. 22:8-And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. John 1:29-The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
What about the birth place and that he had to come from the line of David. God made sure there was no question and both came from the line of David because they looked at the linage of the male but it really had to be of the woman since she was a virgin.
I read where a guy said that they couldn’t look to the woman’s line because it had to come from the man. Therefore, Mary’s linage didn’t count and Jesus couldn’t be the Messiah . Well lets look at that. Since she had to be a virgin which means not touched by man and the Messiah had to be of the House of David what does that tell you? Since no human male is involved the woman’s linage counts but then that’s why God had both out of the House of David because of this very way of thinking. God knew mankind. Isa 55:8,9- For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Mathew 1:1-The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Then it goes through Joseph’s line. Verse 20, 21- But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now lets talk about Mary. Since she had to be a virgin that means the seed came not from a human male she had to be of the House of David. So what about the link? Luke gives a linage which is slightly different from the one in Mathew which many say is her linage. I will not go into it but you can go to this site, Genealogy of Jesus.
Then the birth place was prophesied. Mi. 5:2-But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. You notice it says “have been from of old” and “from everlasting”? This shows that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem like David.
Mt. 2:1-Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
The Old Testament even talked about the massacre of the new born sons at the time. Je 31:15- Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Mt 2:18-Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
They have unearth a seal that had Bethlehem on it. I found that out from my pastor. Archaeology continues to prove the Bible. ICr 1:22-For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
Many religions claim that he was just a prophet. De. 18:15-The Lord they God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the the mist of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; Jn 6:14- Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, this is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
Many times at the Christmas program at our church I read Isaiah(Esaias) 53. Verse one says, Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Jesus did many miracles yet he was not accepted by the Jews. The signs were there but he was rejected and despised. John 1:11-He came unto his own and his own received him not. In verse 3 of Isaiah 53 it says, He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Verse 6-All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Remember the verse I quoted that God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: ? What was the sacrifices for. It was to put you sin back for one year. There had to be a perfect sacrifice to do away with sin. This is where the Jews don’t understand. All those sacrifices they did pointed to the time Christ would come down and become that perfect sacrifice. A good question to ask is why don’t they do them today? Some say it’s because they don’t have a place to do it and that they are not allow to do them anywhere. Also, that there are other ways to have their sins forgiven.
Verse 9-12-And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Christ was buried in a rich man’s tomb.
Joseph of Areimathea (air uh muh THEA uh) was a rich man and a member of the Jewish council. He believed Jesus was the one who had been promised. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. His tomb had never been used and that is where Jesus was buried. Mathew 27:57-60
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Here God says He is satisfied of the offering.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. There were two thieves that were crucified with him. Luke 22:23
These verses again points to the perfect sacrifice.
Hebrews 9:22-And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission
The Old Testament talked about his betrayal (Ps 41:9/Mark 14:10), the thirty pieces of silver(Zec. 11:12/Mt. 26:15) and the buying of the potter’s field(Zec. 11:13/Mt. 27:6,7).
There is so much more in the Old Testament that points to Christ in the New Testament. John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
I’m going to leave with this one thing, Paul (Saul). Paul was a Pharisee of a Pharisee. Acts 23:6- But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
Paul was given orders to persecute the Christians. He did it with all zeal. Paul says “I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.” (Galatians 1:13,14).
On the way to Damascus he was confronted by Christ(Jesus) and He asked him why he was persecuting Him. Acts 26:14-And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
He was blinded and many believe he had blurred eyesight after that. He then took off to himself. Many believe he spent that time alone to search the scriptures trying to find out what he had missed about the Messiah. Him being a Pharisee I would tend to that speculation myself. Gal 1:17,18-Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
After that he became strong in the faith. When he left trying to tell the Jews because they would not listen and went to the Gentiles many didn’t like it and sought after him. Once they make this decision the intensity of persecution increases. Where does their opposition come from? The Judaizers, a sect of early Jewish believers, wanted Gentiles to follow the Law of Moses.
The Jews started persecuting him. 2 Corinthians 11:24-27- Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers,in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, inperils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Paul was given the truth by Christ who he was and he was persecuted for it. The Messiah has been here and they are still looking for the virgin to have him yet it has come and pass. They refuse to see the truth. 2 Peter 2-5- That ye may be mindful of the words which ewere spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savious: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water.
Think upon these things and may God’s light shine upon you. John 8:32-And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.