Dear Jewish Friend: The Jerusalem Road
By Henry A. Benach
One of the greatest desires of all Jewish people is to walk up the roads of Jerusalem.
God’s greatest desire is that they walk the road that leads to eternal blessedness.
The Bible tells us the direction each one needs to take to reach their final destination.
God Is Holy
“Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” Leviticus 19:2
“And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.” Joshua 24:19
There is None Without Sin
“They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Psalm 14:3
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” The words of King David, Psalm 51:5
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Ecclesiastes 7:20
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
Good Deeds Cannot Purify Us
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:5 in Jewish Bible or 64:6 KJV
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12
God Requires a Blood Sacrifice
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11
Jewish and non-Jewish historians agree that both the Tabernacle and the genealogical records (whereby we could know who are the sons of Aaron) were destroyed by Titus in 70 A.D. No longer is there a system of blood sacrifices whereby the Jewish people can have their sins forgiven. Since we have seen it is not by good deeds, has God left his precious people with no hope? Of course not! He has not failed either you or me.
Applying the Blood of the Messiah
You can be forgiven – and know it! How?
The children of Israel applied the blood to their doorposts and lintel to prevent the death angel from killing their firstborn. Exodus 12:21-23
The priest applied the blood to the mercy seat to atone for the sins of the nation. Leviticus 16:15-19
But since the destruction of the Temple and the ending of Temple sacrifices, God has provided salvation through the blood of Yeshua Ha Machiach (Jesus the Messiah) by his sacrifice for me. Hebrews 9:12
Safety and Refuge is in God’s Messiah
Who is this Messiah? He was:
A. Born of a virgin. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
B. Born in Bethlehem. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2
C. Slain for our sins. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6
D. Resurrected. “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” Psalm 16:10
Would you accept Him into your life now?
“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1
Heavenly Father, knowing Thou art holy and that I am a sinner, I now ask the Almighty God, the Creator of the heavens and of the earth, the one and only True Messiah of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come into my heart and to wash away my sin. I pray this in Messiah’s name. Amen.
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