One of the main reasons many people blame the Jewish people for the death of Yeshua is that they simply don’t know His word. The Bible is one complete book, comprised of scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit, from Genesis to Revelation.
Nowadays there are many well-meaning organizations that hand out only part of God’s word called the New Covenant (or Testament). I believe that while those organizations may mean well and believe they are proclaiming the Good News of Messiah, they are actually doing a serious disservice to those who receive them. The simple fact is that one can never truly understand who Messiah is, or why He was given to us, just by reading the New Testament. Without the Tanakh (the Hebrew Scriptures), there is simply no context for Yeshua!
The danger in separating the Bible is that one than can create his own theology based on just a portion of the Scriptures, and by doing so will miss the entire picture. It is no wonder why so many have a misunderstanding of what is written in Scripture; they simply never read it, so they do not know or understand what it means. If someone just reads the New Covenant, one may come to the wrong conclusion that it is only because of the Jews that Yeshua died.
I am here to firmly state that this claim is wrong! First and foremost, Yeshua died because the Father willed it for Him. Secondly, Yeshua chose to lay down His life as a ransom for many. The Hebrew prophet Isaiah clearly foresaw this:
“He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. ” Isaiah 53:3-6
One must note that the Scripture here clearly says, “We did not esteem Him”, “Surely our griefs He Himself bore”, “our sorrows He Carried”, “Yet we ourselves”, “our transgressions”, “our iniquities”, “All of us like sheep…”, “ the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon Him”.
Again and again, we read words such as “we, our, all of us, us all”, which clearly indicate that it is not just one people group responsible for the death of Yeshua, but that in the same way that He died for all of us, He also died because of us.
My dear brothers and sisters, the New Covenant is not a new idea, but rather a fulfillment of what the prophets foretold, and was fulfilled in part (until Messiah’s second coming) through the death and resurrection of Yeshua, our Lord and Savior.
These are some very basic, yet crucial facts that we must understand if we are to know Him (and love Him) in His fullness.
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel, July 6, 2016, and reposted with permission.