For Jews and Gentiles

JehoshuaA couple of weeks ago, our Sunday School lesson focused on how the first Christmas was for a Jewish audience.  Joseph and Mary, the inhabitants of Bethlehem, and the shepherds who visited on the night of Jesus’ birth were all Jews.  Jesus came first to his own people, knowing he would be rejected, all to fulfill God’s plan.

This week we looked at Christ’s birth for Gentiles.  Consider these words of Simeon, who met Jesus at his dedication at the Jerusalem temple:

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”
(Luke 2:29-32 ESV)

It had been revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would see the Christ in his lifetime.  Notice that when Jesus was only weeks old, Simeon recognized he was both light for the Gentiles and the glory of Israel.  Sometimes we get this funny idea, even if we don’t put it into words, that throughout the Bible God sort of rolls with the punches.  Sometimes we make it up as we go along, but that doesn’t mean God does the same.  He didn’t come up with the plan of salvation after Israel failed to keep the Law.  And offering salvation to the Gentiles was not some sort of plan B when the Jews rejected Jesus.

God knew all along, and the birth, life and death of Jesus were all part of his great plan.  The birth of the Christ is good news for all mankind.

8 thoughts on “For Jews and Gentiles

  1. Here are some OT verses about Gentiles and Messiah
    Isaiah 11:10, 42:1-4, 49:1-6
    MATT 12:18-21, Rom 9:30;10:20;11:11; 15:10

  2. You obviously enjoy reading them, and you seem to know lots of stuff. As often as you comment perhaps its time to publish your thoughts yourself. If you can type you can blog.

  3. is it true that the name jesus is a pagan name,meaning hail zeus,they say the name of the son of GOD is jehoshua…can u plas help me to understand n know the gružu.

  4. Jesus, Jehoshua, Joshua, and others are all possible renderings for a Hebrew word which simply means “savior.” The name of Jesus in the New Testament, written originally in Greek and/or Aramaic, would have been the same as Joshua who lead the Israelites in Promised land in the Book of Joshua.

    Hebrew is an ancient language, archaic actually, and if not for a small remnant of practicing Jews would be extinct. Some people research old words and names in an honest attempt to understand more about scripture and the author of it. Others seem to enjoy tossing out Hebrew words and Old Testament names and pronunciations because it makes them feel smarter than everybody else. One is useful in helping people move closer to God, the other is not.

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