ANTI-MISSIONARY COMMENT: "It's only the Jews who have not murdered anybody in the name of converting others!"
NETZARI RESPONSE: Really? Hmmm. Well, you tried your best to keep God’s “rest of the story” from happening by KILLING His Messiah! There is no doubt the religious leaders of Israel were responsible for Y’shua’s death: Matthew 26:3-4 tells us that “the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, assembled together to the palace of the high priest, Caiaphas - and they consulted so that they might take Y’shua by guile and kill Him.” The Jewish leaders demanded of the Romans that Y’shua be put to death (Matthew 27:22-25)! So there goes your argument! They couldn’t continue to allow Him to work signs and wonders because it threatened their position and place in the religious society they dominated (John 11:47-50), so “they plotted to put Him to death” (John 11:53).
(The Romans were the ones who actually crucified Him (Matthew 27:27-37), authorized and carried out by the Romans under the authority of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who sentenced Y’shua. Roman soldiers drove the nails into His hands and feet, Roman troops erected the cross and a Roman soldier pierced His side (Matthew 27:27-35).)
The people of Israel were also complicit in the death of Y’shua! They were the ones who shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” as He stood on trial before Pilate (Luke 23:21). They also cried for the thief Barabbas to be released instead of Y’shua (Matthew 27:21). Peter confirmed this in Acts 2:22-23 when he told the men of Israel “you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified and put to death” Y’shua of Nazareth. In fact the murder of Y’shua was a conspiracy involving Rome, Herod, the Jewish leaders and the people of Israel, a diverse group of people who never worked together on anything before or since, but who came together this one time to plot and carry out the unthinkable – the murder of the Son of God!
Ultimately, Y’shua died as our Final Sin Sacrifice/Offering. He HAD to die in order to fulfill Scripture – Isiah 53…..This was the greatest act of divine justice ever carried out, done in “the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23) and for the highest purpose. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Acts 2:23. This (man), who was Set Apart was for this, by the foreknowledge and will of Elohim, you delivered into the hands of the people who were without Elohim and you nailed upon a stake and killed! 24. But Elohim loosed the cords of Sheol and raised him because it was not possible that he be held in Sheol. 25. For Dawid spoke concerning him, I foresaw my Master, for at all times he (is) at my right hand so that I will not be moved. 26. Because of this my heart rejoices and my praise flourishes and also my body dwells in hope. 27. Because you will not leave my soul in Sheol, and neither will you allow your Righteous One to see corruption. 28. You have revealed the road of life to me, You will fill me with gladness with your presence. (AENT)
2 Corinthians 5: 20. We are therefore ambassadors for the Mashiyach, and it is as if Elohim was pleading you by us. In behalf of the Mashiyach, therefore, we plead to you to be reconciled to Elohim; 21. For, on your account, He has made him who knew no sin to be a sin (offering) that we might by him become the righteousness of Elohim. (AENT)
FOOTNOTE: To “become the righteousness of Elohim” means to demonstrate Mashiyach to the world, which means we do not go through life breaking YHWH’s Commandments.
And, by the way, it is absolutely not true that "the Jews never try to convert anyone" because - as evidenced by the teachings of the various Jewish anti-missionary rabbis with blogs, websites and radio/TV shows - they are doing their level best to "prove" that "Jesus and the New Testament are myths" ... and they're succeeding at hoodwinking people into "leaving Jesus!" Simply go to Facebook and check out the many "anti-missionary" blogs and groups consisting mostly of those who have decided to "Leave Jesus" and who are now viciously attacking anyone who still believes He is the Messiah - AND spurring each other on to "friend" people for the purpose of bringing them into traditional Judaism!
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