The Anti-Semitic ‘Christian’ is a contradiction in terms.

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….’   

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.’’
  • 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.   

Conclusion

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.

References

  1. Genesis 12:3a  
  2. Revelation 5:5  
  3. Revelation 22:16b  
  4. Galatians 3:7  
  5. 1 John 4:20 

Hallelujah, no Judgement!

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.’ 

Conclusion

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. 

Why was Jesus so ignorant?

God’s critics love to claim that Jesus is not the eternal Son of God.   And why do they say it?  Among other things, because Jesus supposedly did not know when the Second Coming would take place.  They reckon, if He was God’s eternal Son, He would have known it.  

Terrible of Jesus to be so ignorant!  Jesus told His disciples, ‘No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.’  Matthew 24:36 

However, there is a very good reason that the Father did not reveal the date to  Jesus.  Jesus faithfully reported what He heard from His Father:

  • ‘…I [Jesus] told you the truth I heard from God.’  John 8:40b 
  • ‘…I [Jesus] did not speak of My own accord, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it….  So whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say.’  John 12:49-50b

If the Father revealed the date to the Son, the Son would have revealed it to the disciples.  With that knowledge the disciples through the ages could have lapsed into complacency, and ‘postponed’ holy living.  After all, why trouble yourself when you know the end will come only in 500 or 1,000 years?   Why not eat, drink, be merry and forget the Lord?

God desires that we live holy lives.  ‘Since everything will be destroyed in this way [when the day of the Lord comes], what kind of people ought you to be?  You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the Day of God and speed it’s coming.’  2 Peter 3:11-12  

Conclusion

God wants each generation of the saved to seek Him and live as if Jesus might come at any time.  God wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit and live in a relationship with Him.  The accusation that Jesus was ‘ignorant’ does not hold water.  God kept the information about the Second Coming hidden from Jesus for a good practical reason.  For our benefit. 

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