The message quoted below appears at Charisma under the title; Christians Rediscovering Passover
For Jews and Christians, the Passover season is a special time for reflection on the rich spiritual truths contained within this remarkable holiday. Indeed, we can all observe the command to remember the incredible Israelite deliverance from bondage in Egypt…
For Christians, the events of a momentous Passover some 15 centuries later have given added meaning to this holiday, so that the truths of the first are reinforced in the latter. Deliverance from Pharaoh’s taskmasters became freedom from slavery to sin. The blood of a lamb on the doorposts became a typology of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Yet the parallels between Pesach and Easter were lost for centuries to most Christians when the early church fathers deliberately severed our faith from its Jewish roots. In time, this hostility to Judaism produced vicious blood libels against Jews at Passover.
Today, however, multitudes of Christians are rediscovering our Hebraic roots. Indeed, Time magazine recently identified growing Christian interest in our faith’s Jewish heritage as one of the 10 top trends of our day.
Even respected Jewish scholars have started joining Christian theologians in rediscovering the “Jewishness” of Jesus and the Hebraic origins of Christianity. One notable expert in this regard is the late Prof. David Flusser of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, considered the leading Orthodox Jewish expert on the Second Temple era and Early Christianity…
Flusser placed Jesus within the Pharasaic tradition and viewed Him as among the great sages of his time, such as Hillel and Ben-Shammai. But Flusser concluded that the Galilean preacher went boldly beyond the classic Judaism of that day, for instance by proclaiming the advent of the kingdom of God and espousing a radical ethic of loving one’s enemy.
As a result of such groundbreaking scholarship, the Feast of Passover is one occasion when the lineage and cultural identity of Jesus as a “son of the covenant” now holds so much more meaning for Christians. In fact, nothing reattaches Christians to their Jewish roots faster than realizing the Last Supper was actually a Passover seder meal being led by a Jewish rabbi. (all emphasis mine)
What is wrong with this message appearing at a Christian website folks? Well for one thing the article, written by an ordained minister of the Gospel (David Parsons) appears to think it was wonderful (astounding!) that the late Prof. David Flusser viewed Jesus as “among the great sages of his time”….and that Jesus “went boldly beyond the classic Judaism of that day”. What he fails to say is the late prof. never came to faith in Jesus Christ, nor ever accepted Jesus as the Messiah. In other words, Prof. Flusser, a devout Orthodox Jew, went out into eternity lost.
No, the author doesn’t mention this, instead he uses the example of this late Prof. to encourage his Christian readers to rediscover their “Hebrew-Roots”.
As I commented at Charisma, the great need in Christianity today, isn’t “rediscovering” Hebrew-Roots, it’s REDISCOVERING our call to preach and teach The Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, so there are less Prof. Flusser’s.
Forgive me if anger is detected in my words, but articles like this, posted at Christian websites, make me feel like biting through nails.
*Please see the newest post at ApologeticsIndex: (The) Hebrew Roots Movement