If Jesus was a Jew then why...?
If Jesus was a Jew then why do christians worship him?
- gatitaLv 79 years agoBest Answer
Jesus did not fit who they expected the Messiah to be. In fact, most of what Jesus did ran contrary to their view of a Messiah. So what were their views of a Messiah? Mostly, the Jews then and now have looked forward to a political Savior, a King, who would reign over Israel forever.
The Old Testament Scriptures do contain a multitude of prophecies about this Messiah who will come as ruling, triumphant King and set up his kingdom. This hasn't happened yet, but will when Jesus returns. In addition to this portrayal of the Messiah as King, hundreds of other Old Testament prophecies clearly refer to the Messiah as a Savior for their sin. This is what Jesus did, and was believed by many Jews, yet rejected by many others.
When Jesus Christ came, his life fully matched over 300 specific predictions in the Old Testament. The prophet Micah predicted the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Isaiah foretold his miraculous birth, that a virgin would conceive. The prophet Zechariah foretold his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey and his betrayal for 30 pieces of silver by one of his followers. Isaiah described that "The Lord's anointed will preach the good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted..."2 The prophet David foretold the Messiah's hands and feet would be pierced and the soldiers would cast lots for his clothing.
Jesus perfectly fulfilled all 300 Old Testament predictions! The odds of any other person fulfilling even 8 of those predictions are 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. They were not looking for a Messiah to pay for their sin. They wanted the Messiah who would come rule the nations, which Jesus will do one day.
As a result they rejected Him and we know the result, His sacrifice of Himself at Calvary. A test case is needed to show God’s will in this matter: Can Gentiles become Christians, and what is the path toward their becoming disciples? As it turns out, God uses the Roman centurion Cornelius, his family and friends to break down the barrier to the Gentile world. The space Luke devotes to the conversion of Cornelius reveals how controversial it is in the church, and how important it is to the story of the spread of the gospel.
The "good news of peace" through Jesus Christ", Acts10:36 — and it is being sent to Gentiles directly. The apostle Paul explains this peace as a two-fold endeavor. God’s purpose is to "create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace" (Ephesians 2:15). The gospel of salvation is meant to break down the enmity and differences between Jews and Gentiles, creating a single new people of the Spirit. Thus, spiritually speaking, there is no such thing as a "Jew" and a "Gentile." They are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28).
Jesus’ gospel of peace is meant "to reconcile both of them to God through the cross" (Ephesians 2:16). Thus, Jesus’ work establishes peace between humans and God, and between one branch of humans and all others. As Paul explains it, Jesus "came and preached peace to you who were far away, Gentiles and peace to those who were near.
Apostolic Believer In one God, JesusSource(s): KJV Bible 1611 http://www.wcg.org/lit/bible/acts/acts10.htm
- KittyLv 49 years ago
Because he apparently invented Christianity. My question is, if Jesus was Jewish, why do Christians hate Jews and visa versa? To be honest with you however, I don't believe that Jesus was anything other than a man with ideas. Why he became the most important figure when there are so many others out there is beyond me. I worship God, not Jesus. Good question tho!
- Marco PoloLv 59 years ago
Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, but he came to bring salvation to all people. Just because the Jews rejected Him did not change His purpose. Now whosoever will can become apart of God's kingdom. This means Jews and Gentiles alike.
So the short answer is, Christians worship God because they are his chosen people.
- 6 years ago
Jesus was a 'Judean', not a Jew.
During His lifetime, no persons were described as "Jews" anywhere. That fact is supported by theology, history and science. When Jesus was in Judea, it was not the "homeland" of the ancestors of those who today style themselves "Jews". Their ancestors never set a foot in Judea.