Is Jesus Kosher for Jews?
I’ve heard many rabbis say, “Christianity is a beautiful religion and it’s wonderful for the Gentiles. But it’s not for us Jews. We have our own covenant with God. We have the Torah.”
On the surface, this sounds like a wonderful, open-minded sentiment. But is it true? Is it tenable? Is it possible that Jesus is for the Gentiles but not for the Jews?
Actually, as open-minded as this statement sounds, it creates more problems than it solves.
After all, Jesus, whose Hebrew name was Yeshua, was called “Christ” because that’s the Greek way of saying “Messiah,” and his first followers, all of them Jews, believed that he was the long-awaited Messiah — the Redeemer.
If they were right, then he’s the Messiah of all the Jewish people. If they were wrong, he’s the Messiah of no one — not of the Jews and not of the Gentiles. You really can’t have it both ways.
I explain this all clearly in our latest, animated, Consider This video. Watch here, then share with a friend.