An Open Letter to the Messianic Community

 

 

As a Jewish believer in our Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), I have a profound respect and love for Messianic Jews and those affiliated with it. It is refreshing to see so many Jewish believers refuse to relinquish our Jewish culture simply because they accept the Messiah that our Rabbinical brothers and sisters still await. Having said that I do have concerns and a handful of warnings

 

Please be warned that:

 

There is only one true Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). He is the only savior for both Jew and Gentile alike. Yeshua is the only way to Heaven, the only way to the Father and neither Jew nor Gentile can make it without Him.

 

Do not place yourselves under the bondage of the law. If obedience to the old covenant law could’ve saved us we would have had no need for our savior, Yeshua.

 

Following the cultural traditions of our people is an acceptable practice but never make the mistake of thinking that such practices contribute to your salvation, elevate the love the Father has for you or makes you, somehow superior or more dedicated in your faith than those who choose to not observe.

 

Colossians 2:16-17 says: “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

 

Also remember that your works will not attain salvation for you:

 

Ephesians 2:8 says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”

 

Do not become elitist. Being a Jewish believer in Yeshua is a wonderful thing but it doesn’t make us any better than our gentile brothers and sisters in the faith. The Apostle Paul, a respected rabbi in his own right, made this point in Galatians 3:28 when he wrote “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Do not allow yourself to become separated from our gentile brothers and sisters in the faith. While Messianic Congregations are a wonderful thing, we must not allow our Jewish identity to separate us from the larger body. Just as they need us, we also need them.

 

Do not allow your respect and appreciation of our people to intimidate you into silence. We will bless our people and be blessed because of it but they greatest blessing we can share with fellow Jewish brothers and gentiles is the saving grace, found through faith in Yeshua (Jesus).

 

With Love,

Aaron Kinder