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"When I went to graduate school back in the Middle Pleistocene, my teachers and colleagues generally agreed that Jesus was Jewish but the early Church wasn't. Jesus was a wandering Galilean rabbim who made such a deep impression on his followers that after his (permanent) death, early Christian communities ascribed to him all sorts of divine honors. This posthumorus deification of the Galilean rabbi naturally violated the Jewish monotheistic faith. Jesus would have been shocked had he known about this blasphemy."
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The mission of CMJ, celebrating its 200th Anniversary, can be encapsulated in "The Three E's," to evangelize, to educate, and to encourage. This means that we aim to share the Gospel in a loving way, to educate the broader church about its Jewish roots and promote a resitance to anti-Semitism, and to encoruage Jewish believers who have accepted Christ. There are over 400 Messianic congregations in the U.S. and over 100 in Israel itself, where there was only once congregation in 1976.
"As Paul dictated the letter to the Romans from Corinth in early AD 57, he was preparing to return to Jerusalem. To prepare them for his visit, Paul determined to set before the Christians in Rome a full statement of the Gospel he understood and proclaimed. In the struggle today between the secular and the sacred in the church and in our hearts, Paul's letter to the Romans stands as a clear testimony to the fact that "Christianity is not religion. . .
"Romans 8 ends with a triumphant cry for those who believe in Jesus: "Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Paul then changes gears entirely in Chapter 9. He must address one major problem: What about his own kin, the Jewish people? With an intensely personal and anguished cry from his heart, he writes that he would be "cut off from Christ" (v.3) for their sakes! Having been called to a ministry to the Gentiles, he confesses to "great sorrow and unceasing anguish" over the Jews' prese
"The story of Esther is set farther away from Jerusalem than any of those who had gone into exile. Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king in Babylon; Esther was miles to the East of Babylon in the capital city of Persia, Susa – today’s Iran. Neither the name of God nor Jerusalem appears in Esther. From this farthest point, the lives of all the Jews of the earth are threatened with annihilation by an imperial decree from the most powerful man on earth, the King of Persia."
"First and Second Samuel document the rise of the monarchy under Saul and David. Human failure lives in tension with God’s sovereignty throughout. Through divine blessing, God lifts the chosen people from the uncertain period of the Judges to a united kingdom under David, an all too human man after God’s own heart. We learn afresh in Samuel that God takes sin seriously. We also learn that God is faithful to His promise of divine election of Israel and His promise of an everlasting throne to the house of David.