Twice in the book of Revelation (2:9; 3:9), Jesus complains about those “who say they are Jews but are not.” He took this matter very seriously. While the term “Jew” may be an epithet to some, it is a badge of honor to Him.
In the consummate example of this dichotomy, Jesus was derided at His crucifixion as “The King of the Jews.” He wears this badge proudly. He rejoiced that He was able to suffer shame for the name of His Father, just as the apostles rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’ name (Acts 5:41).
Since He is King of the Jews, then don’t we all want to be Jews? Of course!
Know then that through the resurrection of Christ and the opening of the heavens that occurred as a result, he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. He is a Jew who is one inwardly and whose circumcision is of the heart (Romans 2:28-29). That is, it is not the physical descendants of Abraham who are his seed but those who walk in the faith that he had (Romans 4). Therefore, whether you are a Jew or Gentile in the flesh is irrelevant. What counts with God is what you are in the spirit.
If when you die, someone at your grave says, “Here lies a true Jew,” then nothing finer could be said about your life. It is approaching what Jesus heard when He died (“King of the Jews”).
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .