The Biggest Challenge Facing The Church Today?
We often speak of restoring the zealous love of the early church. It was the early church, which was comprised of Jews that believed Yeshua (Jesus) was indeed the promised messiah. They were fully Jewish, they did not turn from their faith--rather they believed that Adonai fulfilled His promise. They allowed the rest of us, through Christ to join the family--without becoming Jewish.
Why is that so hard for us to grasp? We understand that God created both male and female, set them as one within a family. Each distinctly different, and yet, one people so-to-speak.
Jesus said in Matt. 5:13-18 (CJB):
"You are salt for the Land. But if salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except being thrown out for people to trample on."
"You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don't cover it with a bowl but put it on a lamp stand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven."
Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah--not until everything that must happen has happened."
What is that light, but the unconditional love of Christ and forgiveness. Stern makes the case that the return of Christ is hindered because we, as Christians, have not fulfilled our part in the Great Commission. Christians, Sterns asserts, must acknowledge and seek forgiveness for the historical wrongs that have been committed against our Jewish brethren in our name--without expecting to receive it:
"Only God, in his miraculous way, through the healing that only Yeshua the Messiah brings, can restore the hearts of the living to the point where they can forgive. No Christian has a right to expect Jewish forgiveness for the Holocaust, and in fact he will probably not get such forgiveness from Jews whose hearts have not been healed by Yeshua the Messiah."
Stern goes on to say,
" ...not to preach the Gospel to the Jews is the worst antisemitic act of all. Therefore, in spite of the Holocaust-- and the Inquisition, and the Pogroms, and all the other horrors--Christians must take up the Gospel and bring it to Jews.
Or are we "ashamed" of the Gospel?