The Jewish Jesus and the Christian Jesus

It dawned on me this morning that in journeying back to Torah that I have discovered something really amazing. And it is simple this: there is a Jewish Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) of the Bible and there is a Christian Jesus that people have created. Although they resemble each other in many ways, in even more dramatic ways they contrast each other. In really simple terms I would like to discuss each Jesus.

Let's start with the Jewish Yeshua - He came first. Without going into detail we know that Yeshua was born a Jew. His parents took Him to the Temple to be circumcised and dedicated. Even at this early age the prophets at the door of the Temple recognized Him as the Meshiach (Messiah). He grew up in a Jewish home celebrating the Feasts, going to the Temple, honoring the Sabbath and following all the commands of the Torah. Some say He is Torah. If He is the Word (John Chapter One) and the Word is Torah, then He must be Torah.

Yeshua ministered to the masses and He always taught in the Temple. Some of His fellow Jews were upset with His teachings of Torah and many followed Him. As He drew people to His Truth, His new followers were considered a "sect" of Judaism. At the time of Yeshua, there were an estimated 32 sects of Judaism - maybe even more. With Roman rule it was a very trying time for the Jews.

We know Yeshua taught Torah from many of the Gospel writings. It was His determination to bring the lost back to Elohim. Here are some supporting verses:

Matthew 5:17-19 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 15:24 
But he replied, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel."

Matthew 14:15 "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."

John 14:21 "Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him."

All of these words spoken by Yeshua confirm that He was following Torah and wanted us to do the same. It is so interesting that He would even clearly say that He did not come to abolish Torah, but teach it to completion (fulfill). This just what Rabbis do, they teach Torah in it's completion. So that we learn all of it.

Yeshua was a Jew and those who followed Him were Jews (the apostles and disciples). They were a "sect" of Judaism and did all that a Jew would do to follow Torah, the Feasts, the Sabbath, the Temple laws, etc.

But, at the time of Yeshua's death and shortly after the Romans had decided to take over complete power of Israel. They destroyed the Temple (70 CE) and Jews of all sects were dispersed throughout the world. 

It wasn't until Paul that "Christianity" emerged. He as a strict Pharisee who had been "rounding up" the early Yeshua disciples had a striking vision. In this vision, he felt like Jesus was telling him to go preach to the Gentiles. Which he did and continued to do until the day he was martyred. His writing were taken by the Gentiles and the new religion of Christianity to many peoples and nations. 

Constantine in the 300's made Christianity a political religion - mandatory. He mixed in the pagan beliefs with the new Christian religion. And here you go - a new "Jesus" is created and followed. Not the Jesus of the Bible, but a "Jesus" of the people - just the way they wanted to believe in him. Unfortunately these early followers, including Constantine were anti-Semitic and encouraged any association with Judaism to be erased.

Now 2,000 years later, we have a religion that sees Jesus as the beginning of a new religion that replaced Judaism. They teach the “church” has replaced Israel. That the church is the new Israel. This is just not true. Jesus never “nailed” the Law or the Torah to the cross. He never replaced the Torah with a “new” message. How could He? If He would have done so He would have DISOBEYED the Torah. We are not in any “new dispensation” – the Torah is eternal!

Psalm 119:142 “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Law is Truth.

Yes, it is wonderful that Elohim (G-d) sent His only begotten Son (representation) to the earth to bring the Jews back to Him. But, never did He send Yeshua to “replace” the Truth with some new form of a belief system. It is no wonder the Jews do not want to follow a Messiah who is not even claimed to be Jewish!

Yeshua was a Jew, is a Jew. He taught Torah and is Torah (see John Chapter One). He did not “start” Christianity – He developed a “sect” of Judaism which was TRUTH. If you could have picked all the Truth concepts/laws of each of the 32 sects at the time of Yeshua – and combined them all – then you would probably come close to what Yeshua was teaching.

It is time that people who “follow” Jesus, look back at the real Yeshua. It is a time of discovery and change. It is time to realize that there is only one true religion – and that is the religion/belief system that returns to the Torah, believes in the One True Elohim and joins the Covenants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is the system that believes and speaks:

Hear, O Israel! Yehovah our Elohim, Yehovah is one! “You shall love Yehovah your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

To follow Torah (Yeshua) is LIFE.

Which Jesus do YOU CHOOSE to follow? The one that people created or the One that Elohim SENT?

Shalom, shalom.

Nancy




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