By Tom Mayr-Lori
Some time ago, I gave a New Testament to Peter, a Jewish friend who had shown some interest in Spiritual things.
A week or two later we met again and when asked what he had read, he said he had started reading Acts, but stopped after reading that the Jews killed Jesus. [e.g. 3:13,14] “We did not kill anyone by crucifixion! That was a Roman method of execution.”
“Well,” I replied, “you are quite right in one sense, yet the Jewish Authorities were involved in accusing Him, and persuading Governor Pilot to execute Him.
“But this had to happen for the Torah to be fulfilled, and we read Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 together, showing it was the Father’s plan to lay our sin on Him.”
After some discussion, I said that there was another reason why Jewish people were responsible:
Jewish priests had to be present for any sacrifice to be acceptable to the Holy One. Also, God prescribed what the sacrifice was to be, and where, and even when it was to be offered.
One couldn’t sacrifice in Nazareth or anywhere of your choice, it had to be offered at the Temple in Jerusalem, and you couldn’t offer a frog or a fox, it had to be a sacrifice acceptable to God; a clean animal like a lamb. And even if you were to sacrifice an acceptable animal in Jerusalem without a priest, it was still not acceptable to the Holy One of Israel.
Just as the Jewish priests were the priests for all the families in Israel, so the Torah states that the Jewish Nation is the Priestly nation for all the nations of the world [Ex 19:6,7].
Jesus came into the world to be sacrificed as the Lamb of God, so He had to die in Jerusalem and at Passover, with our people present. Without the Jewish nation being there and being responsible, we would all continue to be spiritually dead, because Ha Shem in Haftorah says, “All souls are mine, as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” [Ezekiel 18:4]
So you see, I am very glad that the nation of Israel was involved, and we know from the New Testament Ha Shem has accepted Yeshua’s sacrifice to make an atonement for our sins.
How dark and even hopeless our lives would be if we didn’t have this assurance that our sins are forgiven, and this certainty that we are clean and acceptable in God’s sight, because of Yeshua’s atonement.