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“I Once Was Blind”

Has the Jewish Messiah Come?

The Jewish Scriptures foretell the coming of the Messiah, the annointed one of God – and then end before He comes. What Christians call the Old Testament and Jewish people call the Tanakh is incomplete because it ends with the people of Israel waiting for the promised Messiah.

The people of God were awaiting the coming of the “seed of woman” who would crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15), the “seed of Abraham” in whom all the nations of the world would be blessed (Genesis 12:3), the “lion of the tribe of Judah” who would reign and rule forever (Genesis 49:8-12), the “star of Jacob” (Numbers 24:17), the “son of David” who would reign forever (2 Samuel 7:16), the forsaken one who would be scorned, despised, mocked, and pierced (Psalm 22), and the “suffering servant” who would be “despised and rejected by men,” who would bear our griefs and carry our sorrows, be “stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted,” pierced, and crushed (Isaiah 52:13-53:5).

Why would the anointed Messiah be despised, rejected, stricken, smitten, inflicted, pierced, crushed, etc.?

For our iniquities and transgressions, not His own (Isaiah 53:5). To bring us peace, heal us, make us righteous, bear our sins and intercede for the transgressions of many (Isaiah 53:5-12).

Christians believe that the Jewish Messiah has come, that His name is Jesus, and that He ushered in the New Covenant foretold in Jeremiah 31:31-34.

The Christian apostle Paul was a Jewish leader who persecuted Christians, later became convinced that Jesus is the promised Jewish Messiah, and then was persecuted for his faith by his former friends the Jewish religious leaders.

In 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Paul writes:

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”

Jesus is the promised “son of David, son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1) who came to “take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

The Jewish Messiah has come!

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May 4, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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