How can you say you're Jewish and believe in “Jesus”?
It is only because of “tradition” that we have been taught that Jews should not believe in “him”. The problem is, tradition is not always correct, valid or for our best interest. Yeshua was a Jew. Both His parents were Jews. His name at birth was given to Him as Yeshua (means “salvation”). In English Yeshua is Joshua.
His twelve disciples were all Jewish, and remained Jews until their death. The early apostles were all Jews, and, like the disciples, remained Jewish until their death. All of the writers of the New Testament (mistakenly called the “Christian Bible”) were Jewish men. The first hundreds of thousands followers of Yeshua were all Jewish. In the first century, there were no churches. There were only synagogues, where believers in Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel went to worship.
The Jewish prophets in the Tanach (Old Testament), spoke of Him. Moses spoke of Him. No, you won’t find “Jesus” in the Tanach, because that-was-not-His-name!
Today’s traditional rabbis say that Jews cannot believe in Yeshua, but by the end the First Century over one million Jewish people were believers in Yeshua as the Messia.
So, what could be more Jewish, than to believe in a Jewish Messiah?
If I am Jewish, aren’t my sins forgiven at Yom Kippur?
For many people, “sin” is viewed as a “moral lapse in judgment” and is “atoned” for with something between a sincere apology and a life sentence. God’s way of forgiving sins is as misunderstood as the problem of sin. When the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 BCE, the place of sacrifice for atonement ceased to exist also. Years of traditional teaching has erroneously taught our Jewish people that we don’t need blood atonement for sins. The Scriptures, however, state only blood sacrifice can atone for sins.“The life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11).
Yom Kippur is only a Day of Atonement if God’s way of atonement (Leviticus 16), the blood atonement is observed. Just acknowledging our sins can not remove those sins any more than an “apology” can get rid of a murder charge. Sin is horrific to God.
God provided the final, perfect sacrifice in the Messiah Yeshua. All of the sacrifices in the Tanakh point to the blood atonement provided in the Messiah.
Doesn't Judaism believe in one God, not three?
Messianic Jews, along with Christians, believe that there is only one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4) However, in the Hebrew, the word that is used is “echad” which indicates a plural nature of one. If the writer would have wanted it to be singular one, they would have used the word “yachid”. There are other examples of this like Genesis 1:26: Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, or Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
As Jewish believers in Yeshua we believe that the Bible is our authority. We see in Genesis 1:2 it says, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Here the Bible separates the God the creator from His Spirit which hovered. There are also many places in the Hebrew Scriptures that refers to God’s son. Here is one example from Proverbs 30:4 “Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?”
To summarize, we believe because the Hebrew Scriptures indicate that God is one God and manifests Himself in three ways:
• Father(Abba) the Creator
• Son, the Messiah (Mashiach)
• Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh)
A simple explanation, although not all encompassing, is that H2O can have three forms; water (liquid), steam (gas) and ice (solid). Three forms, yet all the same compound… H20.
Since you say the Messiah came , where is the peace?
Many Jewish people believe that Yeshua cannot be the promised Messiah because He did not fulfill the prophecies that say Messiah will bring peace on earth. We still have wars. The peace that Messiah brings is a peace of heart spoken of in the Scripture . There cannot be real peace on earth until people have had a change of heart so as to make the Kingdom of God on earth possible.
Eventually, this will be true when the whole nation of Israel receives a new heart as spoken of by the Prophet Ezekiel (26:36), "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” When Messiah returns to rule on the throne of David, He will establish peace on the earth. Until then, those who have accepted Yeshua as Messiah can have peace of mind and peace with one another.
Feel free to contact the Rabbi if you'd like to discuss any further questions you may have.