Some people believe that Judaism still exists.
They know people who call themselves Jews and who say that they are Jewish, claiming that they are some part of Judaism.
They do not realize that Judaism, with all of its rituals of Sabbath observance, keeping the law, dietary restrictions, blood sacrifices and temple worship, has ceased to exist and that all of these practices have come to an abrupt end with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Ignatius, who was the Bishop of Antioch, known as one of the early church fathers, was one of John’s disciples. Church history places him around 30 to 107 AD and during the time of the apostles. Addressing the sabbath observance, he distinctly states that Judaism has come to and end.
“And after the observance of the sabbath (that the Jews kept), let every friend of Christ keep the Lord’s day as a festival, the resurrection day, the queen and chief of all days of the week … on which our life sprang up again, and victory over death was obtained in Christ … it is absurd to speak of Jesus Christ with the tongue, and to cherish in the mind a Judaism which has come to an end …. If any man preach the Jewish law unto you, listen not to him. For it is better to hearken to Christian doctrine from a man who is circumcised, than to a Judaism from one uncircumcised” (Vol. 1, pages 63-82).
Another early church father, Victorianus, who lived around 300 AD states that Christ Himself abolished the sabbath observance in His body.
“On the Lord’s day we go forth to our bread and giving thanks. Lest we should appear to observe any sabbath with the Jews, which Christ Himself the Lord of the sabbath in His body abolished” (Section 4, “On the Creation”).
This correlates perfectly with the following verse from Paul to the Ephesians whereby he affirms that Jesus destroyed the law of commandments in decrees and the hostility that it created:
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; Ephesians 2:15
Having been fulfilled in Christ, the law was done away with and even Paul instructed the Jews to no longer be conformed to this Jewish world and age with all of its laws and rituals and sacrifices with blood of bulls and goats that could never take away the sins of the people. But rather instructed them to be completely changed and transfigured by the renewing of their understanding so that they could approve and test and work the complete will of God.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Hebrews 10:4
For in Jesus the Father prepared the perfect sacrifice that would be slain for the sins of the world once and for all. And it is all written and foretold to them in their books. God did not hide the coming of the Messiah from the Jews. Nor the fact that the Messiah would come as a servant first and be sacrificed. Just read Isaiah 53.
There is a story of a young Yeshiva student who was friends with a Christian. The student would continually bring scriptures and quotes from his friend to show his rabbi. Of course, the rabbi was not pleased and one day sternly reprimanded the student and told him that he could no longer listen to his friend and continue to be a student at the Yeshiva. Disappointed the student told his friend who thought for a moment and took out a piece of writing paper.
He proceeded to handwrite Isaiah 53 in its entirety without any scripture reference. He then told his friend to take it to his rabbi and ask the rabbi to read it and tell him who this writing is about. The student did exactly that and was rebuked by his rabbi that he was warned not to talk to his Christian friend anymore. The student apologized and promised the rabbi that this would be the absolute last time if he would just read the writing and let him know who this is about. Hoping to put an end to all of this, the rabbi relented and read the paper.
When he was done he was seething and with redness in his face blurted out: “See, I told you so! Again this is all about Jesus Christ. How many times have I told you not to listen to this Christian and his nonsense?” and angrily pushed the paper back into his student’s hands. The student smiled and looked at his rabbi intently and said: “Thank you, rabbi. You have just read from the prophet Isaiah and have confirmed beyond a shadow of doubt that our very own scriptures have foretold the coming of Jesus Christ. As I promised you, this was indeed the last time I have asked you anything because I will be resigning from the Yeshiva immediately to go to Christian seminary instead for I too am become a disciple of Jesus, our Messiah.”
God foretold it to them as plain as day for those who have willing eyes to see and willing ears to hear and a willing heart to observe and accept His Word. The same Word that became the Son who volunteered to come to earth to preach the good news of God’s new covenant.
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Psalms 40:6-10
He even told them that He would do a work in a their days so fantastic, that they would not in any way believe it even if It were told to them beforehand, which is exactly what happened.
Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. Habakkuk 1:5
Paul quoted this verse when he preached to the Jews in the synagogue at Antioch, the same city that Ignatius, quoted above, later became the Bishop of:
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. Acts 13:38-41
This refers to the miraculous works God did first in the destruction of the temple in 70 AD and worldwide dispersion of the Jews into all parts of the world to forever abolish Judaism once and for all, but more importantly it refers to the works of Jesus and to the power of the Holy Spirit, now abiding and working in the believers.
When God replaced the old covenant with a new covenant, he had to abolish it to render it of no further effect. When you pay off your mortgage and transfer the title to your own name, the old mortgage contract is forever cancelled and of no further effect. No more payments are required because it has been paid once and for all. You are no longer bound to it and are free of it forever.
Jesus paid off the old contract that was against us in full with his own body. His blood was the payment that not only paid off the old contract in full, but at the same time sealed the new contract making us free in Christ.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36
If you know someone who is Jewish, or if you believe you are Jewish yourself, ask them or yourself this question:
If there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood according to the law, then how can your sins possibly be forgiven?
There is no more temple and there are no more priests who are sacrificing any animals on your behalf. You cannot use Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, as an excuse because fasting cannot remit any sins. Only the shedding of blood can do that. The Torah states unequivocally that it is the shedding of blood that makes atonement for your sins to save your soul.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11
The apostle Paul confirms that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22
But there is hope for you because God sent His Word to your rescue, Who became His begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the day He was conceived on earth by the virgin Mary through the Holy Spirit. He became a living sacrifice that by the offering of His body and the shedding of His divine blood once and for all, the price for all sin was paid in full and man’s redemption was complete.
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:6-10
If you are Jewish and are willing to accept Jesus’ offer for the redemption of your sins once and for all, you will be made clean. It is God’s promise. You will not be betraying your Judaic roots but will instead be fulfilling your calling just as Paul the apostle did who called himself a Hebrew of the Hebrews before his conversion. You cannot get more Jewish than that!
But you must repent, confess your sins to God and ask for His forgiveness and to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. You must believe in your heart that Jesus died and rose again and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you will be saved.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
Do it today, friend. Don’t put it off for another moment. Tomorrow is promised to no-one. Do it right now while you still can and while it is foremost in your mind. If not, then the enemy will come and snatch this word away from you and it will be lost forever. The enemy does not want you to be saved. He wants you to be lost forever and to have to share and suffer his fate of eternal separation from God in utter darkness and torment. This is not your lot and not what God wants for you. That is for the devil and his angels.
God wants you with Him in heaven but he lets you decide if that is indeed what you want too. God does not send people to hell but he gives them freedom to choose their own destiny even if they choose to follow the devil instead of Him. Choice is the ultimate freedom and you have that freedom today. You may not have it anymore tomorrow. Choose today whom you will follow while you still have a choice.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
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Franciscus M. Dartee
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