Letter to a Jew: Where is the lamb for the sacrifice?

Este é um e-mail enviado a um cara de um canal do youtube que diz ter um projeto no qual ele entrevista alguns judeus pelas ruas e pergunta quem é Jesus para eles. Como esperado, nenhum dos entrevistados (nem todos os israelenses são judeus) soube dar algum argumento convincente sobre por qual motivo não veem a relevância de Jesus para suas vidas. Eles na verdade, no máximo, um ou outro disseram (talvez por educação) se tratar de um importante mestre de uma seita da sua época. Para outros ele é o “fundador” do cristianismo. No final do vídeo aparece o endereço de e-mail para cristãos dirigirem suas perguntas a judeus. Este é o texto do e-mail, com algumas alterações.

Hello, my name is Victor, and I watched some videos from your channel.

Concerning your project about the question: Who is Jesus to you? I would like to make a question.

Well, the question is the following:

What do the Jews do about their sin, once they have Temple no more; and the sacrifice for the sins must be offered in the Temple? Since the first century Jews live without Temple and without sacrifice offerings for the sin.

Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur
Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur – Gottlieb

I would like to say that this is not a trouble for Christians who truly believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lamb of God who atones the sin of his people. They may answer that in the Torah it reads no man must die for the sins of another. Well, that’s obvious. But if it is so, is it possible that bulls and goats should take away sins?(Hebrews 10:4). Nonetheless, for Christians the Messiah already did come and He was the fulfillment of what is in the writings of Daniel: “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place” (Daniel 9:24).

For Christians, only God can forgive sins and only He might take away sins, even so the Jews believe this. This is why Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, He is God in the person of the Messiah and He has taken away the sins once for all. The Messiah has entered the Most Holy Place once for all and offered the perfect and unique sacrifice of His body. He obeyed fully the Torah, and the sacrifices of the Mosaic Covenant pointed to the Messiah. Isaiah said about the Servant of YHWH:

Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and YHWH has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open his mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my peole he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was YHWH’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though YHWH makes his life an offering for sin, He will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of YHWH will prosper in His hand. After He has suffered, He will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors (Isaiah 53:4-12).

For Christians, Isaiah says clearly that YHWH sent the Messiah to suffer and to die for His people. But Isaiah says He is risen after had spilled His life until death, He sees the light. Thus, Christians have their sins taken away because the Lamb is the Highest Priest who makes intercession for them before YHWH. Because Jesus, the Messiah, lives forever

…He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need —one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself (Hebrews 7:24-27).

And Jews don’t believe in Jesus as the Messiah, Isaiah had said about it also: “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: “He (God) has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn —and I would heal them.”

And, finally, Christians did believe, so the salvation reached them. A Jew named Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, said: I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins (Letter to Romans 11:25-27).

So, this is my question. Hope you consider it. Thanks. Hug.


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