Reflections on Messiah's suffering from my perspective as a Jewish disciple
Having just come back from seeing the film The Passion of the Christ, I was moved to write down the following thoughts. The film is powerful and a remarkable achievement on several levels. It’s a realistic depiction of the final hours of Jesus life. We are transported to Jerusalem from the Garden of Gethsemane into the court of the Jewish Sanhedrin and into the courtyard of Pontius Pilate and ultimately to Golgotha.
Messiah's Ancestry: A Family Tree with Several Surprises
For the past several years I have been working on a book focusing on Messianic prophecies. Applying Messianic statements in the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms to Jesus is an exciting faith building study. The fulfillments provide overwhelming conclusive evidence that Yeshua of Nazareth -“He who saves” - is the number one and only candidate for the promised Jewish Messiah.
In view of this year’s World Discipleship Summit theme, I am offering this study that I hope will encourage and help focus our minds with some insights into this amazing portion of scripture. -- Phillip Lester
An Exposition of Genesis 22 - Messianic Insights into the Akedah (the binding)
The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins sundown Sunday night May 27, 2012. Jews around the world welcome this time which is also referred to as the “Feast of weeks”, “Pentecost” or “Season of the giving of the law”. It derives its name from the fact that it was to occur exactly 7 weeks from the Sabbath day after Passover. Many disciples do not realize the tremendous significance of this holiday and even fewer understand its correlation with the beginning of the church as described in the second chapter of Acts.
Two events within recorded human history tower like mountains over all others. One is the death of Jesus Christ. The other is his resurrection. That God would become man, allow his own subjects to kill him, and then translate that event into the gateway of their salvation has to be the most astonishing story ever told. From Christianity.com
When Conrad Grebel arrived at St. Gall Switzerland, on this day March 25, 1525, he began to speak on the need for repentance and baptism. Hundreds turned out to hear him preach and over the next few months, he baptized five hundred. What was significant about this was that most of them had already been baptized as infants.
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God has provided a unique resource for believers to use when defending the Bible. Whenever questions arise relating to the accuracy of the Scriptures one of the most powerful tools we can use is the reality of The Dead Sea Scrolls.
Europe's Hapsburg rulers were convinced that the Anabaptist sect was dangerous to the peace of the Empire. And with good reason: a peasant revolt, led by extreme Anabaptists, destroyed the peace of central Europe. The Hapsburgs determined to eradicate the Anabaptists from their kingdom. They drew no distinction between peaceable Anabaptists and radicals.
This Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9th of 2012 commemorates a special time on the Jewish Calendar known as Purim. Jews around the world will begin on Wednesday evening to celebrate several days of joyful activities and reminders of God's faithfulness in preserving their people. For several reasons, all disciples would do well to recognize and celebrate this popular Jewish holiday.