Who is a Jew?
How can you say you’re still a Jew?” I imagine that question is asked of many Jewish Christians. It was my sister who posed it to me. I believe that this question arises from the difficulty that most Jews have in reconciling the image of an infinite, all-powerful God with that of the man Jesus.
How can the ocean be put in a cup? Yet if the Lord chooses to put himself in the form of a man, who are we to say he does not have the power? And what better way to reveal his love for humanity than in the humanly comprehensible form of the loving man, Jesus Christ? This should not seem a strange concept for a Jew, for after all, who wrestled with Jacob? Who made Jacob to be Israel?
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations translation of the Torah refers to that one who appeared to Jacob as “a divine being.” The Jewish Publication Society of America translation refers to him as “God,” and in that translation Jacob says, “for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”* What did God’s face look like?
Again Jacob, having taken away Esau’s blessing, feared meeting him. Indeed, Esau had sworn to kill Jacob in vengeance. Yet when they finally met, Esau embraced Jacob with love; and Jacob, now Israel, said, “…if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present…for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.”**
Did Israel see such love in Esau’s face that he could liken it to the forgiving, loving face of God?
I pray to the God of Israel (who loved and forgave in the person of the Messiah). I’m a Jew.
—From an anonymous Jewish believe, who loves much because he has been forgiven much.