The Ultra Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are angry because they feel that the secular Jews prolong the pain of the Jewish nation, and delays the coming of the Messiah.
I just read the column of David Nekrutman in Jerusalem Post, Christian Edition, and was blessed. He is an Orthodox Jew, and shared some insight in how Judaism explain the different Messianic views in Judaism and Christianity.
«For Christians true repentance is impossible without the Messiah. For Jews the Messiah can not come without true repentance».
No true follower of Jesus believe that the Messiah can «come into our heart» without true repentance. But it will be the Messiah who will bring us to repentance by the words He has spoken. Man can not repent without listen to a message of Him being the truth.
Followers of Judaism do not believe the Messiah can «come to Israel» before the Jewish people repent from their lack of observing and obeying the Law. A Messianic follower of Jesus, both Jew and gentile, will say that the Messiah will not return before the situation for the Jews is as bad as in the days during their captivity in Egypt.
«Jews believe that God will send His Messiah not to save the World from damnation but rather as a sign that the World has earned its own redemption. Christians believe that the Messiah will redeem a World that can not redeem it self».
True followers of Jesus do surely believe that Christians have to earn their redemption. Before faithful Christians have fulfilled the Great Commission, the Messiah will not return and redeem the World. But He will not come back to redeem us because we deserve to be redeemed, but because the task He has given us has been completed. This is not a matter of salvation, but a redemption from a wicked and polluted Earth. A true follower of Jesus will say he is «already a saved stranger »in the present World.
«It is true that Judaism is fundamentally optimistic regarding humanity`s moral capability».
This might be the biggest difference between Judaism and those who believe Jesus is the Messiah. The teaching of Jesus promises tribulation and great distress in the age just before His return. This kind of challenges will turn even the most committed optimist into a pessimist, if he do not believe that all this evil will end with redemption in the returning Messiah. The coming trouble will make the Jewish people so distressed, that they will cry out in the name of God for the Messiah to come and save them. Than He will surely come. Amen.
First published: 03.09.09.