The coming of the Messiah and the need for repentance

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.

There will be violence in Jersualem just before the return of the Messiah.
There will be violence in Jerusalem just before the return 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.

Nekrutman writes:

«For Christians true repentance is impossible without the Messiah. For Jews the Messiah can not come without true repentance».

My comment:

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.

David Nekrutman
David Nekrutman

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.

Nekrutman writes:

«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».

My comment:

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.

Nekrutman writes:

«It is true that Judaism is fundamentally optimistic regarding humanity`s moral capability».

My comment:

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.

7 thoughts on “The coming of the Messiah and the need for repentance

    1. Dear Sandy.

      Shalom, and welcome back to this site. You are correct. Jesus from Nazareth is the day of Atonement. His blood has redeemed us. The day He called me He said: – Nothing you have done is so serious, that I am not able to forgive you. I AM!.

  1. May Adonai bless Jerusalem, all Jews around the world, Christians and unite them all in one Yeshua Meshiah! May Adonai bring Shalom to Yerushalayim!

  2. Nekrutman writes:

    «For Christians true repentance is impossible without the Messiah. For Jews the Messiah can not come without true repentance».

    John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. John the baptist prepared the way for Jesus. The Messiah didn’t come until people repented.
    John 1
    29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, BUT THE REASON I CAME BAPTIZING WITH WATER WAS THAT HE MIGHT BE REVEALED TO ISRAEL.”

    And even to this day even now…we don’t receive the Spirit of God and Jesus until we obey…

    Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23

    1. Dear Victoria

      Shalom, and thanks for this fresh comment.

      Basically, nothing has changed from the Baptism of John, up till this day. My views on Biblical baptism, makes me a Baptist. John came in the spirit of Elijah. So are we walking with the same spirit, preparing the way for the Lords second coming.

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