Anti-Semitism, hatred against the Jewish nation, comes a long way. God foresaw it when He said to Abram, ‘I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse….’ 1
In this blog we want to concentrate on those who claim to be followers of Jesus, yet denounce the Jewish nation. Scripture teaches that Jesus is, ‘…the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David;’ 2and also that, ‘I [Jesus] am the Root and the Offspring of David.’ 3 Jesus is a Jew.
# The problem of ‘Christian’ Anti-Semitism
Believers in Jesus are ‘related’ to the Jews through Abraham. ‘Understand, then, that those who believe [in Jesus] are children of Abraham.’ 4 The Jews are the descendants of Abraham, as is our Bridegroom.
# What we should remember
- ”If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.’’ 5
- Paraphrased it would mean: anyone who claims to love Jesus, yet hates the Jews, lies. You cannot love Jesus whom you have not seen, but hate the ‘family’ of Jesus, whom you can see.
# Anti-Semitism is a dangerous game to play.
- Judgment belongs to God, never to His people. However much we want to, God will never accept our judgment on His nation. He promised He will see to it Himself.
- Scripture never teaches that Jesus renounced His nationality. ‘Christian Anti-Semitism’ might be difficult to explain to the Judge, Jesus the Jew.
Jesus is God’s beloved Son, our Saviour and Bridegroom. Either we love Him and His people and pray for them, or we don’t. The Anti-Semitic ‘Christian’ is a contradiction in terms.
- Genesis 12:3a
- Revelation 5:5
- Revelation 22:16b
- Galatians 3:7
- 1 John 4:20
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We are closing down for the holidays (in the Southern hemisphere it is now summer).
Our wish for you all, ‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.’ Philippians 1:9-11
The one essential aspect of God’s Kingdom is the final division between humans: those who were willing to serve God, and those who were not. That will take place on the Great Day of the Lord, the final Judgment. Revelation 20:11-15
God has assigned Jesus to be the Judge.
‘…the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father.’ John 5:22
The Great Problem
If Jesus was an ordinary man who was ‘elevated’ during His life to become the Son of God, there can be no Judgment Day. The reasons are:
- The Final Judgement is based on what a person did while on earth (‘each person was judged according to what he had done,’ Revelation 20:13b).
- God is clear that no one can ever be considered sinless, ‘There is no one righteous, not even one.’ Romans 3:10 If Jesus was an ordinary human being, it means sin was part of his life.
- For Jesus to be the Judge, God must have declared Him sinless. But, that is manifestly unfair! To be fair God then has to declare all humans sinless, not only one specific one.
- The holy God can never do that. Judgment is serious since on it hinges man’s eternal destiny. God is a just God. He will never commit such a serious ‘sin.’
God’s rule applies to all people: all sinned and need forgiveness. Jesus was not a man that became the Son of God, He is the eternal Son of God who became a sinless human Sacrifice on our behalf. He is qualified to be the Saviour and Judge.