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Dirty Laundry
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While the Jewish world was still sorting out whether Jesus was the messiah or not, Paul went and aired this internal question to the outside world. 

This was completely unacceptable, as we have to determine the answer for ourselves and not involve the outside world until the question is settled!

Paul committed the sin of washing dirty (Jewish) laundry in front of the rest of the world!
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(12-15-2014, 07:09 PM)shlomo Wrote: While the Jewish world was still sorting out whether Jesus was the messiah or not, Paul went and aired this internal question to the outside world. 

This was completely unacceptable, as we have to determine the answer for ourselves and not involve the outside world until the question is settled!

Paul committed the sin of washing dirty (Jewish) laundry in front of the rest of the world!

The questions of who Jesus is and why He came are not for Jews only, but for all of humanity. There is only one God, and He became flesh and lived among men (John 1:14), dying as the final blood atonement for the sins of all who put their faith (obedient trust) in Him (Romans 5:8). Everyone, Jew and gentile alike, should have the opportunity to learn about Him and evaluate His claims for themselves.

However, even during Jesus' lifetime, Jews were discouraged from discussing Him and hearing the good news (gospel) He brought. For example, in the account of the blind man whom Jesus healed (John 9:13-41), we read that "...the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He [Jesus] was the Messiah, he would be put out of the synagogue." See also John 7:13, 12:42, 16:2, 19:38.

And when Jesus revealed His divinity and authority to religious leaders, they attempted to stone Him for what they believed was the crime of blasphemy (John 8:48-59).

Seven centuries before the birth of Jesus, the Jewish prophet Isaiah foretold that his people would reject the suffering servant when He arrived: "...we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him...we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God..." (Isaiah 53:3-4). While it is true that terrible things have been done to the Jewish people over the centuries (e.g. the Inquisition and the Holocaust), Isaiah makes it clear that the rejection of Jesus by most Jewish people has a spiritual basis, not only a historical one, because it began during Jesus' own lifetime.

Even today, two millennia later, Jewish people are almost never encouraged to read the Brit Hadashah (the New Testament) for themselves and make up their own minds about Jesus' claims to be the Messiah (e.g. John 4:25-26) and God (John 8:58). Such matters are simply not open for discussion in the Jewish community' For example, it is no accident that Isaiah 53 is left out of almost all readings in synagogues.

One big question during Jesus' own day, and in the years following His death and resurrection, was whether gentiles also needed to believe in Him, the Messiah, in order to be saved. In Acts, we read that the way to salvation was opened to them as well as to Jews, and gentile believers in Jesus joined Jewish believers in taking the good news of forgiveness through faith in Jesus to the far corners of the earth.

Although most followers of Jesus, and proclaimers of the Gospel, have been non-Jews and still are today, there is a small but growing of Jewish believers (such as Jews for Jesus) who are introducing their people to Jesus and encouraging them to evaluate Him for themselves. Their witness is often rejected -- sometimes violently -- but they continue, because the gift of salvation is so precious and the lack of it so tragic.

Is the discussion of Jesus' messiahship one of "dirty laundry"? On the contrary, it is a glorious, heaven-sent discussion for every sinner who is ashamed of his sins and desperately needs the Savior.

Jesus asks each one of us, "Who do you say that I am?"

I always recommend that people say this little prayer: "God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, let me know who Jesus is." That's all -- who He is. It's a simple request, and God will answer it, in His own way and in His own time.

Why not do it, right now? 

   

 





 


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