DID JESUS COME FOR ISRAEL ONLY, OR DID HE COME FOR THE WORLD?

Posted by peter - December 7th, 2012

JESUS’ MINISTRY WAS INITIALLY TO ISRAEL:

Jesus was born a Jew, He lived as a Jew, and died a Jew!

While on earth, ……Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:” (Rom 15:8). He was a Jew among the Jews, confirming His ministry to the nation Israel, and announcing Himself as their King.

(Gal 4:4,5) But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

(Mat 15:24) But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

(Acts 13:23) Of this man’s (David’s) seed hath God according to [his] promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

(Acts 5:30,31) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. (31) Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Jesus Christ was raised up in the incarnation to be Israel’s Saviour (Acts.5:31;) and was raised up in resurrection to be Israel’s last chance of accepting Jesus as their Messiah and Saviour; “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (20) And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:” (Acts.3:19,20).

Jesus was born to sit on David’s throne, to reign over the house of Jacob and deliver the nation Israel from Gentile subjugation ((Luk 1:31-33,74) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

(74) That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was made under the law to redeem them that were under the law (Gal.4:4,5). So far as there is any written record in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus gave a blessing to only two Gentiles; the Roman centurion who loved the Jews, and the woman from Canaan whose daughter was grievously vexed with a devil. Jesus had, in fact, instructed His apostles to; “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: (6) But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Mat 10:5,6)

Also whilst Jesus was on earth He never interfered with the ceremonies, feasts and sacrifices that were conducted by the Jewish religious leaders.

If a Gentile was saved, whilst Jesus was here on earth, that Gentile became an Old Testament Jew or a proselyte.

THE GOSPEL JESUS PREACHED:

Paul wrote in Galatians 4:4 that Jesus was born under the Law. God’s administration here on earth, covered by the Gospels, was a life under the Law. The Apostle John wrote in John 1:11: “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.” What gospel was being preached by Jesus? Mark 1:14,15: “Jesus came, into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.” And in Matthew 4:17: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

Where, by whom, and to whom was this message of the kingdom of God to be preached? This is recorded in Matthew 10:1-8: “And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease….These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils….”

The gospel of John and his epistles were written somewhere between AD70 and AD95. Paul’s writings covered AD51to AD68 approximately. He was beheaded in AD68. John, therefore, had approximately 19 years to read, study and absorb Paul’s epistles. Warren calls John’s gospel: the bridge between the Law and Grace gospels. There are many references to the grace gospel in John’s gospel, Such as: Jn.1:12,13; 3:3,5,6,16; 4:22-24,42; 6:33,51, 56,57; 14:17-20; 15:4,5. etc.

These sayings of Jesus must have gone over the heads of three of the gospel writers – this we see in Matthew, Mark and Luke’s writings (AD68 to AD71). John, however, had years to contemplate Paul’s epistles before he wrote his gospel and his epistles. He then must have remembered Jesus saying all these grace statements which he later penned.

Initially Jesus came for Israel only, and if the Sanhedrin had believed in Him and accepted Him as their Messiah, He would have ascended to the throne of David and ruled the house of Jacob for ever. There would have been no grace dispensation and you and I would never have been born again!

But, God blinded the eyes of the Jews and hardened their hearts: “Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, (40) He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.” (Joh 12:39,40 (Jn 12:40).

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Rom 11:25). Being blinded, the Jews could not believe on Jesus as the Messiah. There is a reason for this; God was going to expand the salvation doctrine to include the Gentiles.

Jesus’ ministry changed after John 12:37; But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: Jesus intimated; that after 31/2 years of ministry, He had born no fruit!

From the end of John 12, the last supper, we see a radical change in Jesus’ ministry – His face was now set towards Calvary: “Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father,…” (Joh 13:1).

The impending crucifixion was now His focus. And so, from then on, Jesus had come for the world!…. John the Baptist had said; “……Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (Joh 1:29).

Joh 10:16; And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.

Who are the other sheep?….. Let scripture explain scripture: Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) (5) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; (6) That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: (Eph 3:4-6).

The other sheep are the Gentiles.