Jesus Christ was a Jew. He was the promised Messiah from the Old Testament, fulfilled in glorious specificity to the point that many Christians are flabbergasted over how the majority of Jews do not accept Christ as their promised Messiah. To understand why this is the case, the folks at 119 Ministries suggest we look at Christian history and modern teachings.
It is common in the modern church to declare Jesus abolished the Law. It is “nailed to the cross,” as He is often quoted as saying. But He never said He would abolish the law. In fact, he said the exact opposite.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The plain reading of the text is very clear. We are to keep the law, even as Christians. Paul reiterated this many times in his teachings, though there is plenty of confusion over what he was actually instructing. That’s one of Paul’s talents; much of what he said must be interpreted through a discerning lens in order to understand exactly what he was saying.
Does that mean we aren’t supposed to wear clothes of mixed threads or that we should stone adulterers? No. There are portions of the law that were maintained for cultural purposes as part of societal norms, and with good reason for each. But the true law, namely the 10 Commandments given to Moses, are eternal.
Watch this short video by 119 Ministries to understand why Jews are so reluctant to even consider the possibility that the Messiah of the world promised in the Old Testament has been realized in Jesus Christ.
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