"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

 

I like the following piece from the introduction by Rabbi Stuart Federow (http://whatjewsbelieve.org/) to his pamphlet on Isaiah 53.  It is short, funny, and to the point..

One day in heaven, Jesus decided to look for his father. He came upon an elderly gentleman in the Carpenter’s area of Heaven. Jesus entered into a conversation with the man, and then asked him, “Did you have any children?” At this, the man brightened, and he told Jesus, “Why yes, I had a son who was very special!” At this, Jesus brightened and asked the man, “What made him so special?” The man said, “Well, he was human but he did not start out that way. He had holes in his hands and his feet, and he died, but then he came back to life!” At this, Jesus moved to hug the man and exclaimed, “Father!” and the man hugged him back and yelled, “Pinocchio!”

At first glance, the description of Pinocchio sounds a lot like a pretty good description of Jesus.

But Jesus was not Pinocchio.

We know this because a closer look at a more complete description of Pinocchio would show that Jesus did not match all of that description of Pinocchio.

The description of the Suffering Servant found in Isaiah 53 may also sound like a description of Jesus. But, like the description of Pinocchio, it just doesn’t match! Look at the description of the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, and compare it to the Jesus described in the Christian’s New Testament……..

Another Answer to the Christians dead messiah.

Rabbi Chaim of Brisk. . . was riding on a train car in Europe filled with Jews when a missionary entered the car and began preaching his proofs. The Jews quickly dispensed with his handful of standard scriptural interpretations when the missionary suddenly presented a new argument, which the Jews were at a loss to counter.

“How can you be so sure that Jesus was not your Messiah?” the missionary asked.

One of the passengers answered:

“Jesus lived in an era full of great Torah sages. If they were there, saw all the facts with their own eyes and concluded he wasn’t the Messiah, what sense does it make for us, 2000 years later, to question their conclusion?”

“Ahhhh!” the missionary countered, “but what about Bar Kochva, whom Rabbi Akiva thought was the Messiah, but turned out to be mistaken? If your greatest sage, Rabbi Akiva, could err about Bar Kochva being the Messiah, couldn’t your other sages have made a mistake about Jesus?”

Silence. What counter could there be to such a reasonable suggestion?

Then Rabbi Chaim spoke up from the back of the train:

“Who says Rabbi Akiva made a mistake?”

“What?” asked the missionary.

“Maybe Rabbi Akiva was right; maybe Bar Kochva was the Messiah,” Rabbi Chaim restated. “Then your question just goes away.”

“But Bar Kochva couldn’t have been the Messiah!” the missionary exclaimed.

“And just why not?” Rabbi Chaim asked.

“Because he was killed by the Romans!” the missionary concluded.

“Thank you very much,” finished Rabbi Chaim.

 

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