Jesus: Faithful Israelite under the Old Covenant
Jesus the Messiah was born into a Jewish family and grew up learning and following Torah (the Law). He lived a faithful life of righteousness, obeying all the commandments of God and fulfilling the old covenant obligations as the model Israelite among
The Story So Far…
- The Exile and Return to Canaan (Palestine)
- Rebuilding the temple
- 400 years of silence
- John the Baptist
- Jesus the Christ
The Birth of Jesus: The Promised Messiah
The Prophecy of Gabriel
The Prophecy of Zechariah
Jesus the Jew
Jesus Was Circumcised
- Luke 2:21-24
Jesus Attended the Festivals
- Leviticus 23
- Luke 2:41-43
- Matt 26:17-30 // Mark 14:12-26 // Luke 22:7-38
Jesus Upheld Torah
- Mark 12:28-33
Jesus Wore Tzitzit (“Tassels/Fringe”)
- Matt 9:20; Mark 6:56; cf. Matt 23:5
Jesus Ate Kosher
- What about Mark 7:19? (// Matt 15:10-20)
Jesus Observed the Sabbath
- Matt 12:1-8 // Mark 2:23-28 // Luke 6:1-5
- Luke 13:10-17
Jesus Kept the Law
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
1 John 3:5
You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.