How Jewish is your Jesus?
What is a Christ?
He came as Christ. The story begins in Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61:1)
The anointed one alluded to above is the word Maschiach in Hebrew, from which we get Messiah (English), Christos (Greek) and Christ (English). Jesus announced himself as such in his home synagogue in Nazareth.
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour." (Luke 4:16-19)
Jesus subsequently proved he was the Christ / Messiah / Anointed one by fulfilling every one of those tasks mentioned in the Isaiah prophecy. Sadly most Jews at that time didn’t get it, didn’t make the connection.
We have the benefit of hindsight (and 2000 years of scholarship), the Jews living at the time of Jesus just had their five senses. So they didn’t really “get it” until afterwards. It doesn’t mean that they were particularly thick or ignorant, in fact their knowledge of their own Scriptures would put us to shame. They had the knowledge, but not the application. Jesus came as a most unexpected Messiah and, so fixed were their ideas as to how the Messiah should have acted, further explanations were needed.
This is an extract from the book, Hebraic Church, available for £10 at http://www.sppublishing.com/hebraic-church-101-p.asp
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