Jewish - Christian Reconciliation
Jewish and Christian reconciliation?! How could you take these two groups of people, whose faiths are radically different, and whose history is full of animosity and distrust, and bring them together? The idea would be absurd to most anyone. But the absolute absurdity of the idea is the beauty of it.
The prophet Isaiah declared that in the time of Israel's restoration, God would astound His people with wonder upon wonder (Isaiah 29:14). In the New Testament the apostle Paul uses the same verse to describe how God's wisdom makes "earthly wisdom" seem foolish (1 Corinthians 1:19-20). The present move of reconciliation between Christians and Jewish people is accomplishing the seemingly absurdity of God's wisdom and plans for His people. The apostle Paul says this new friendship will bring a fullness of great riches and new life to both groups (Romans 11:11-12,15).
Why the need for reconciliation?
Israel and the Jewish people are going through one of the most difficult periods of their history:
Israel and the Jewish people need an ally. Out of all the people in the world, God is calling the Christian community to come to their aid. Why?
Christians and Jewish people are spiritual family
God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 meant that all nations on earth would be blessed through Israel. From the Christian perspective, when God implemented the New Covenant through Jesus, He invited people from non-Jewish nations to enter into covenant relationship with Him. Therefore, the global Christian community has a unique relationship with Israel and the Jewish people because we share a common heritage and a relationship with the One, True Living God of the Bible. We are spiritual family.
Christianity is inseparably connected to Israel
The New Testament affirms the Christian connection to Israel and states that:
The New Testament also states that whatever mercy and grace Christians have received from God, they are to offer the same to Israel and the Jewish people (Romans 11:30-31).
Because Christians have come to share in Israel's spiritual blessings, they are called to share their material blessings with Israel and the Jewish people (Romans 15:26-27).
Christian Apology to the Jewish people
Today, great distrust and animosity exist between the Jewish and Christian communities. Why? Because for most of the last two thousand years the Church discriminated against the Jewish people and persecuted them. It’s a sad and tragic part of Christian history. Please see the link at the bottom of this page to read the summarized History of Christian anti-Semitism.
Even though today’s Church did not carry out the anti-Semitic acts of the past, it’s our heritage. The wounds of the past are still present today, and if they are to be healed it will be up to today’s Christian community to make restitution with the Jewish people. An apology is the first step, and through our Christian Apology to the Jewish People website we offer a way for all Christians to take personal action towards a new friendship with the Jewish people. Please visit the site, sign the letter and show your support for the Jewish people.
Reconciliation is fundamental to God’s plans
With the modern-day birth of the nation of Israel in 1948, God began fulfilling His promises to restore Israel after their two thousand year long exile from their home land. As the Bible describes it, God’s restoration of Israel will experience resistance and opposition. We are seeing that today as many nations and global, public opinion are expressing anti-Israel sentiment.
According to the Bible, world opposition to Israel and anti-Semitism will only increase as time goes on. Israel needs support from its family, the Christian community. In our seminar, we explain in detail how Christian support of Israel is the foundation of God’s plans to restore His people and why it is so important.