Top 20 Questions

People Ask About Jesus

Understandably, people have a lot of questions about Jesus, and we hear many of them. Here are our best answers to the top 20 questions that we get asked:

What proof do you have that Jesus is the Messiah?

The Scriptures tell us specific credentials to help us identify the Messiah. We believe the evidence speaks for itself. Find out for yourself!

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Why do most Jews not believe in Jesus?

While there are Messianic Jews who do follow him, the majority of Jews still do not recognize Jesus as Messiah or as God. Read about the common cultural, historical and religious reasons here.

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Did Jesus claim to be the Messiah or to be God?

What did Yeshua (Jesus) claim to be – Messiah, as powerful as God, God Himself, atonement? What didn’t he claim to be, and what decision do we all need to make?

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Did Jesus fulfill the Messianic Prophecies?

If Jesus is not the Messiah described in the Hebrew Scriptures, then it would be wrong for anyone, including Christians, to accept him as anything more than a first-century moral teacher. If he is the promised Messiah, then he is the promised redeemer for all peoples.

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What is the genealogy of the Messiah?

The genealogies in Matthew and Luke present a portrait of the Messiah through four titles: Son of David, Son of Abraham, Son of Adam and Son of God.

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Does the Bible Actually Say When the Messiah Would Come?

More than any other book of the Hebrew Scriptures, the writings of the prophet Daniel confront us with evidence of the time of Messiah’s coming.

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Is Isaiah 53 About Jesus?

Explore the passage of Jewish Scripture that the rabbis deemed too dangerous to keep in the regular synagogue calendar readings. Get the whole scoop on Isaiah 53.

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Can Jesus be the Messiah if he didn’t bring peace?

The Jewish understanding and expectation of the Messiah comes from hundreds of messianic prophesies found in the Tanach. These prophecies have been generally sorted into two categories: some passages describe a man rejected and humble, suffering quietly, while others describe a victorious king, justly ruling over a world transformed by the universal knowledge of God.

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Why did Jesus need to “die for our sins”?

One of the popular myths about Judaism is that there is no place in Jewish thought for the idea that someone can die for the sins of another person, yet both the Bible and Jewish tradition have much to say about dying so that another might have forgiveness.

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Was Jesus preceded by Elijah the prophet?

In Malachi 4:5–6, God sends the prophet Elijah before the “great and awesome day of the Lord comes.” And in the Mishnah (Edduyot 8:7), Elijah will come to settle all disputes and reconcile all discrepancies in the holy books. So it is fair to ask, if Jesus is Messiah, did God send Elijah ahead of him?

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What religion was Jesus?

Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

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Who Killed Jesus?

Unfortunately, one of the most common phrases a Jewish person can hear is this: “The Jews killed Jesus.” This needs to stop.

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Even if Jesus is the Messiah, what does it matter?

Hearing the truth can hurt. We admit it jestingly, but the old axiom has more meaning than most people want to know. When the truth hurts, one must choose either to endure pain or avoid truth—a distressing choice. What does this mean when we apply it to a spiritual reality?

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Will I Still Be Jewish If I Follow Jesus?

God made you Jewish on purpose. What if faith in Jesus enables you to discover the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the One who has the final say on what being Jewish means?

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Did Jesus know the Hebrew Bible?

Jesus was a Jewish rabbi, and his audience was the people of Israel. Everything he did and said was informed by the Hebrew Scriptures and he often referenced them directly.

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Is the Trinity found in the Hebrew Scriptures?

There is a continuous body of teaching in both the Old and New Testaments relating to the tri-unity of God.

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Did Jesus teach his disciples to hate their parents?

Some claim that Jesus taught his followers to hate their mother and father. If true, that would obviously make Jesus an immoral and unethical teacher, since one of the Ten Commandments is to honor one’s parents.

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Have any Jewish rabbis and prominent voices seen Jesus in a positive light?

From Maimonides to Albert Einstein, you might be surprised how many Jewish thought leaders have had positive views about Jesus.

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What are Jewish views of the resurrection?

Jewish scholars have paid more attention to the person of Yeshua (Jesus) in the last hundred years than they have in the previous nineteen hundred. Here’s what just a few of them have to say:

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Who is Jesus?

Jesus was the most famous Jewish person who ever lived. He was born in Bethlehem, he loved his people, and because of him, people in remote jungles as well as in the highest halls of learning, know something about the God of Israel and His commandments. But who was he really?

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