January 10: Christian Anti-Semitism: Deicide

– Deicide

As the church continued to rationalize the destruction of the Temple and Israel’s exile from the land, it determined that the Jews were responsible for the death of Christ.

In 167, Melito, the Bishop of Sardis was the first to accuse the Jews of deicide.  In his sermon, “Homily of Passover” he argued that by “crucifying Jesus, the Jews had “murdered God, and therefore the Jewish people as a whole were guilty of the crime.[1]

The accusation “Christ killer” led to atrocities and violence against Jews for over 2000+

 

Renounce the lie

All this happened to you for you killed “the Just One”

 

Replace with the truth

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief. (
Isaiah 53:10 NKJV)

 

[1] https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/Ch.2.pdf

 

 

The charge of “Christ Killer” resulted in thousands of years of antisemitism and atrocities against the Jews.

One thought on “January 10: Christian Anti-Semitism: Deicide

  1. Terry Klipfel says:

    The truth be told, we all killed Jesus, because the cost of our salvation was His taking our sins, and the sins of the whole world, upon Himself, to a cruel cross. Though the majority of Jews rejected Yeshua, the promised Messiah, let us not forget that when the Church was first birthed, the majority of believers were, indeed, Jewish.

    His Covenant with Abraham was an “everlasting covenant, and God has not forgotten them. See what Paul wrote about his brothers (the Jews) in Romans 11.

    The truth is, “He was wounded for ‘our transgressions’, and bruised for ‘our’ iniquities”. Oh, what love unfathomable, a love and gift offered to Jew and Gentile alike. In the account of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery, Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. We are called to love mankind! We are called to love our enemies! We are called to love those who persecute us and despitefully use us! We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves! Gentile Christians are called to love the Jews, believing and unbelieving, and likewise Jewish believers to love Gentiles. If the truth be told, there has been, at times, prejudice on both sides, throughout the course of history, though what has transpired to the Jewish people throughout the course of history is abominable and unfathomable to most of us. This should never be!

    We are called to love all people, Jew and Gentile, believing and unbelieving. For just as Jesus would that none should perish and all come to repentance, this should be our heart as well. Anti-Semitism and prejudice of all kinds, is one of Satan’s most destructive tools. If he can destroy the Jewish people through anti-Semitism (which he cannot), he (Satan) would destroy covenant (not possible)! If he could, it would make God a liar (He is not!). We are promised that “The Gates of Hell will not prevail against His Church”. The Church is made up of Jew and Gentile alike. The Jew of Jesus’ day would have understood one of the names given Jesus in the Book of Revelation, “Faithful and True”, as meaning that Jesus is the One who keeps His covenants, without a doubt, He is the one who will “never” break them. If God were to break His everlasting covenant with Israel, what confidence can any of us Gentiles have in God’s promise to deliver and save us? Think about it, for any such thinking is an affront to God and is blasphemous.

    Therefore, let us examine each one, our heart. If we are honest and open, we may just be surprised at what the Holy Spirit reveals. It is a sobering thought, but God, in His infinite mercy, both for the Jew and the Gentile, offers healing and forgiveness, and this has always been the case. “All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Let us each, with hearts of love, pray for “the peace of Jerusalem”, the kind that only comes through a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and Him only. This should be our heart toward the Jewish people!

    See Romans 10:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15, and so on. The mystery is “the Church”, Jew and Gentile together (Read Ephesians), in communion, worshipping Christ! If you have believed the lie of “replacement theology”, perhaps it is time you picked up “the Book (Bible)”, with an open heart and prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to show you God’s Truth, as revealed there. The Church did not replace Israel, so let us not be haughty, which is one of the things of which Paul warns against, more than once, in the Book of Romans. The lie of replacement theology has led to much anti-Semitism, and to some churches even participating in working toward a “so-called” two-state solution and toward the dividing of Jerusalem. God gives us a very severe warning against any such thing, saying, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you”. Let us not participate, Church, in any such thing, for to do so, is to go against God Himself, and His people Israel! To do is “very costly”, indeed!

    Let us, therefore, pray for all believers and unbelievers, carefully examining our hearts. Let us pray for the Unity of the Body in the “true Gospel” of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and pray all who will come to salvation through His precious blood, suffering, death, burial, and resurrection, both Jew and Gentile. To Him be all glory, honor, and praise. Amen!

    To my brothers and sisters everywhere. I exhort you, and I love you in Christ Jesus (Yeshua) our Lord!

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