"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Father Don't Cry

            Avraham Fried composed a tender song titled Father Don't Cry©. Here are the lyrics for the last verse:
Father in heaven
there's no reason at all
Your precious children
still are so far from home
we've done all we can
now it's in Your hands
let it end, oh, let it end,
the whole world is waiting for You
Touching, is it not? And tragic.
            Tragic, yes, but not for the obvious reason given in the song. What's most tragic is the Jews' passionate vigil for the coming of Moshiach, when He's already come and established His kingdom. And not only did they miss His coming, but they murdered Him for identifying Himself as God's Anointed King.
            Why didn't they believe He was Moshiach? No one can say He failed to prove His identity with wondrous miracles, ranging from multiplying box lunches to feed huge crowds of adults and children, to healing the blind and lame, even to bringing the dead back to life. Local folks flocked to Him for the food, healings and wisdom he provided. He even fulfilled all of the Hebrew prophesies concerning His appearance. Yet, when push came to shove, the Jewish religious leaders held an illegal trial, formed a lynch mob and had Him crucified.
            What more could He have done to prove Himself? At first, the Jewish religious establishment saw Yeshua as simply a nuisance who branded them hypocrites and whitewashed sepulchers. When the Roman conquerors heard reports of someone calling Himself The King of the Jews, however, the Jewish leadership had to take care of this upstart before the Romans kicked them out of their cushy offices of power.
            Perhaps he should have come into the world with great fanfare, instead of being born in a stable to working-class folks. Surely they would have believed Him if He had raised a mighty army to overthrow the Roman occupation, rather than gathering only twelve common men to follow Him on foot through the countryside.
            Never mind that those uneducated disciples healed the sick and cast out demons in the name of their Master. Never mind that the young carpenter from Nazareth routinely stumped and impressed the theologians and law professors.
            Even today, Jews — religious and secular alike — ignore the overwhelming evidence supporting Yeshua's identity as God's only Son after His own kind, the expected Messiah, Savior of not just Jews, but the whole world.
            Of course, the Jews have their reasons for continuing to reject Yeshua's messiahship. Though the Romans no longer occupy the Holy Land, the Roman Catholic Church has for centuries officially discriminated against Jews as the ones responsible for the Savior's grizzly death. Only recently has the Catholic Church summoned the grace to forgive the Jews. Sorry, Christendom, too little too late.
            Will the Jews ever come to accept Meshiach Yeshua? As a nation, no. Honest individuals, however, have objectively sought out the Scriptural evidence to the point where they could no longer deny Him. These "Messianic Jews" often risk ostracism from family and state, "counting it all joy" to suffer for their Messiah.
            If God can use his Holy Scriptures to convince Jews that Yeshua — Jesus, to the Goyim(gentiles) — is indeed His Anointed One, why does the rest of mankind continue resisting Him? Hard to tell; what's your excuse?

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