Merge Recap 1/12

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Sunday night we had what I’m calling an Ask Me Night. For two weeks I’d been talking with students and providing cards for them to write me questions on any topic. I also threw it out on social media. I took all the questions and we made a night of it.

One of the main reasons for doing this was so that our students would get to know me better. They asked questions about me now, me in middle school and high school, and some really off the wall stuff. It also allowed them to ask specific question about our faith that they may not have asked otherwise.

The one question that I really spent time a lot of time with was If Jesus was Jewish and we are supposed to model our lives like His, why are we not Jewish?

This is a great question that I myself have never thought about and was really fun to figure out the answer. So today I’ll unpack it here on the blog.

There are 2 uses for Jew
1) Ethnically
2) Religiously

I think we all understand that there is a race of people who are Jewish. The heart of our question is rooted in the religion side.

God through Abraham started the Jewish people. Genesis 12:1-3

Jesus came and completed the Jewish religion because He was the Messiah, the one the prophets had foretold about.

God promised Abraham that through his family line the nations would be blessed. In Matthew 1:1-17, we see how Jesus is connected to Abraham and David, just like was promised.

The Jewish faith in 2014 is still waiting for the promised Messiah. We as Christians believe that Jesus is that promised Messiah and has come died for our sin and be raised again.

We also believe that Jesus is bigger than any one race and came for all mankind. Romans 1:16 tells us that God revealed His Son Jesus first to the Jews then to Gentiles, proving that He has come for all mankind.

Some great further reading is Romans 2:28-29, all of Romans 4, and Galatians 3:6-14

Sunday night was a fun night that had a really good laid back feeling. I think our students really enjoyed the feel and getting the chance to be heard.

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