To my Jewish and Gentile friends: “Shalom”

Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) is the fulfillment of the Hebrew Bible. Yeshua said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.” Similarly Yeshua said, “Moses wrote about Me.”

In John 4:22, Yeshua said to a Samaritan woman who believed in God but was not Jewish, “You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.” Jesus did not say that this woman was insincere, but that there was a lack of knowledge concerning her worship of God. In summary, Yeshua (Jesus) is saying, that we need to understand our faith from a Jewish perspective. After Yeshua said to the woman, “Salvation is from the Jews”, she said to him “I know that the Messiah is coming.” Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “I who speaks to you am He.” (John 4:25-26)

The word Christian, means a follower of the anointed one, the Messiah. Who is the anointed one? Yeshua (Jesus) who was crucified with a sign nailed above his head that said “Yeshua of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19). According to the Book of Revelation, Yeshua is in heaven today as the “Lion from the (Hebrew) tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5). Furthermore He is coming back to earth as the “Offspring of David” (Rev. 22:16). In fact, Heaven itself is called the New Jerusalem, and its gates are inscribed with the names of the 12 tribes of Israel (Rev. 21:10-12).

The Jewish person that comes to Yeshua receives forgiveness for their sins, eternal life and the gift of heaven! Yeshua said to the Jewish people he spoke to 2000 years ago, “I have come that you might have life” (John 10:10). And He is speaking these same words to the Jewish people today.

The Gentile that receives Yeshua, is grafted into a relationship with the God of Israel and becomes a recipient of the blessings that come through the covenant that God made with the Jewish people (Eph 2:11, Rom 11: 17-18).

from: Rabbi K. A. Schneider