The last couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, trying to learn as much about it from the Bible and from history and archeology as we can. I hope you’ve gotten a taste of how much information is available to our generation about the time of Jesus, much more than there has been for almost two thousand years. Before that we spoke a little about modern Israel and the fulfillments of prophecy that are taking place right now in our lifetimes. After the horrors of the Holocaust, Christians have been waking up to the Jewish roots of our faith, and the tremendous riches and depth this can give to our understanding of the Bible.
But the realization of Christianity’s Jewish roots also raises a lot of difficult questions. Most Protestants are already familiar with the idea that the Church went astray from Biblical truth in the centuries after Jesus. But how far did it go? The answer is that almost every area of our faith has been affected. So many things in Christianity are built on the spider webs of tradition rather than on the rock of faith. It’s going to take generations to get it sorted out.
Today we’re going to take a look at just one of these areas: an area that is absolutely essential to how we understand and live out our faith—an area that Jesus and the disciples spoke about constantly because it’s so important—and one about which the Church has been confused for a long time. It’s a topic which is one of the most difficult, and yet also one of the most important topics in Christianity today: the relationship of Gentiles and the Law of Moses.