MC500 10/05

Jesus and the Church

I had never considered the idea that Jesus did not have the intention of starting a new church.  According to today’s lecture, his aim was reformation of the current system.  This is apparent when you consider scriptures like Matthew 5:17, “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.”  I wonder what he must think of the evolution of the church from the early Jewish Christians who were still a part of the synagogues and honored the festivals and traditions to today’s totally separate Christian and Jewish faiths.

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4 thoughts on “MC500 10/05

  1. great question becky. i’ve been thinking about this a little as well… God chose to bring the Messiah through the Jewish people and at the time that He did. makes me wonder what we might be missing in today’s church? hmm…

    1. Curtis, I’ve been pondering your question and just don’t have an answer! Jesus was the fulfillment of the law and prophets, I’m not sure what direction that takes the church.

  2. The point is that while Jesus did not intend to start a new church he was the fulfillment of the Old Testament Law and Prophets. Jesus embodied the old order, way, ethic, method, faith and hope of the church. When the church elders and ruling body rejected Jesus’ authority as head of the church and rejected His Messiahship, they turned Him away from the exsisting church. Since there was not room for Him in the church, He became an example of a new order or testament of the church.

    Even if the Elders and ruling party would have accepted His authoirity and Messiahship, there would have been a new order or testament in the church. The old would have had to pass and the new would have had to be eatablished. Otherwise, we would still be in bondage to the frailty of the Law and the Prophets which could not save but only point out our sins and failures. Only Jesus’ shed blood could save us from opur sins!

    Therfore, the Trinity of God, in council before the foundations of the world, knew that human nature would not accept Jesus as Messiah because they would not want to give up their control of the church. Thus, a new church was established. That has been a theme throughout history in the life and times of Jesus – no room! No room in the inn, the church and the heart of men!!

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