Definitions and Glossary
Can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus?
Should Gentiles get involved in the mission?
Messianic Judaism is a biblically based movement of Jewish people from all walks of life, in all parts of the world, who have come to believe in Yeshua (Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus which means Salvation) as the promised Jewish Messiah and the Savior of Israel and of all the world.
Today, there are up to 100,000 Messianic Jews in the United States and Messianic Synagogues are to be found in many nations including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Holland, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and South Africa. In Israel there are 69 Messianic congregations and a dozen or so home groups. These congregations in Israel experience varying degrees of hardship, vandalism, violence and persecution. They need our ongoing prayers
The Real Issue
Today we are seeking to put the Messiah back within His biblical and Jewish context. Messianic Judaism is a spiritual renaissance, a revival, a return to the faith as the Messianic Jews had in the first century, unencumbered by the traditions of men. It is a return to a pure and simple faith based upon having a living, vibrant and personal relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through the Messiah Yeshua.
The real issue we must recognize is not whether it is Jewish to believe in Yeshua, because the Jewishness of Yeshua is historically unquestionable. The real issue at stake here is whether Yeshua is truly the Messiah or not. If he is, then it is the most Jewish thing in the world to believe in Him. If He is not the Messiah, then we should not follow him.
There is only one way to find out, and that is to go back into the Jewish Scriptures ourselves and study the Messianic prophecies. According to the Jewish Scriptures, the Messiah was to come twice; the first time to suffer and die and the second time to usher in the Messianic era of peace upon the earth.
Did the Messiah Have to Die?
The Jewish prophet Isaiah answered this question when he said, "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way, And the Lord has laid upon Him (the Messiah) the sin of us all." (Isaiah 53:6)
Without God there is no hope for mankind. It is obvious that man is separated from God when we view the ever worsening situation in the world today. That is why He sent Yeshua, the Messiah, who came to deliver us from our sins and to bring us into a new life in Him.
For tens of thousands of us today, we know that we have found the Messiah who said, "Do not think that I came to abolish the law or the prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill." (Matthew 5:17)
These writings are based on the Writings of Rabbi, writer and television personality David Chernoff, Messianic Rabbi at Congregation Beth Yeshua, Philadelphia, PA.