Christianity. It’s not a “new” religion.

Christianity. It’s not a “new” religion. In fact, Yeshua (Jesus) never once referred to his disciples as “Christians”. He was their rabbi. They were his disciples. All were 100% Jewish. That’s right. Jesus was a Jew, born of a Jewish mother, raised by a Jewish stepfather, trained as any other Jewish son of the law. Jesus grew up attending synagogue with his mom, dad, brothers and sisters. At age 12 years, his knowledge of Torah was so profound he was found conversing with learned men in Jerusalem.

We Christians are not separate from the Jews. Nor did we replace them in God’s grand scheme of things. As it is written in Romans 11:17 NLT, “But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree–some of the people of Israel–have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree.”

We were a wild olive tree grafted into Abraham’s ‘tree’ whereby we share “in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree”. The Church, the collective body of Christians, has not and cannot replace “God’s special olive tree”. We absolutely depend on that tree that represents Israel. Yes, as it is written, some branches were broken off, but the tree stands and the blessing God promised Abraham and his children are available to us – if we believe.

” And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NLT

Was Yeshua, Jesus, born on December 25th? No, by no means. Then why do we celebrate his birthday at this time of year? I have a better question: should you not celebrate Christmas 365.25 days per year? As it sayeth in my mock King James Version to all those skeptical of Christmas time, the tree, lights, manger scenes, etc. “Chilleth OUT!”

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NLT

At this moment in time, threats of annihilation hover over the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Join me and countless others to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, according to Psalm 122:6. An amazing awakening is underway in Israel today as thousands of Israelis come to faith in Messiah.

“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:11 NLT

John White

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