[quote=elle]So, see, my point with the guys, the guys who invited me here, but I don’t see now, was Jesus was so totally Jewish. I don’t think He made a lot of new things up. I think the Jews had screwed up the instructions the Father gave them, and He was coming to restore them to the proper order.
Like handwashing, a Jewish tradition. They said it was a LAW, because it was such a long-standing tradition. He calls it their law, not His Law. See what I mean?
So, my point was, he didn’t come to invent a bunch of new traditions, just to steer everybody back to the BASICS of what was given to the children of Israel in the wilderness. To die for us, and forgive our sins, yes, but more. To restore us back to the BASICS of what was taught. My point was, He did not come adding a bunch of NEW stuff. He specifically said He did not come to do away with the law.
In fact, the Jews had added several traditions, during that time. He did not condone or participate in those traditions.
Yes, Jesus was Jewish. He came to fulfill His covenant with the Jews. And much of the laws that are similar to tradition that Jesus began were meant to prefigure Jesus’ life. Sacrifices were required of the Jews. Christ sacrificed His life, which fulfilled the requirements that had been made for animal sacrifices. No longer were animal sacrifices required. And when the animal sacrifices were instituted, God KNEW that Jesus would fulfill their meaning, He planned it that way.
It wasn’t that the Jews had screwed up tradition and law that God gave them (though it is true that they often did!), and that Jesus came here to put that right. He came here to offer His life on our behalf. Prior to Him, there was no Christianity. But there was still God, and faith in Him. After Jesus’ death, faith in God, and following him sort of “became” Christianity (can’t find a better way to say that). But they were in harmony with each other. The way God planned it was that Jesus would fulfill and bring meaning to Jewish law.