08:59 19Sep06 Vern Miller -
I heard you first at the Dove conf. last March and found your analysis of the
current Israeli/Muslim/western world conflict right on. This article is
refreshing and I will use the Jesus-lite exspression. Thanks for your ministry.
09:26 19Sep06 Elizabeth -
I am a GENTILE who has been drawn to the Messianic study. I have tried a few
congregations but have not been led to stay. I think this article may have
touched on the reason. The worship although good, was more hipped on several
traditions of the Jewish faith but leaves out our Lord Christ Jesus, whom I
believe the Old Testememt and the Torah points to God's Son and who He is and
was and will be. My daughter has written a song that tells of the blood that
was put on the Ark of the Covenant as seven times and the blood shed on the
cross seven times, it is a powerful song bringing the two together. Thank you
for this observation and I too hope for a more deeper meaningful service to
10:09 19Sep06 anonymous -
Paul taught with courage and conviction because the "mystery" hidden had been
revealed to him. When he then brought his message, others had revelation which
resulted in a renewed mind. Faith was then present and God confirmed with signs
and miracles. We need nothing less.
11:48 19Sep06 Roger Walkwitz -
Well said, Dan, but I would NEVER use the cross as a symbol, as churches do.
The Menorah, Rev 1:20, is Yeshua's designated symbol for His Ekklesia. The
MESSAGE of the cross AND the RESURRECTION and ASCENSION is a package.
12:16 19Sep06 Saundra -
Praise Abba,Yeshua and Rauch Ha Kodesh for this bastion of spiritual insight
given to Kehillat Mashiach in cyber-land. I'll be forwarding this Biblical
spiritual food on to others precious one.
12:57 19Sep06 Jannai Warth -
I am a Gentile believer. The Lord touched my heart in 2003 to turn from sinful
ways and return to Him. I began reading the Bible for the first time in my
life, cover to cover, and I have been transformed. In the midst of this
transformation, the Lord created in me a deep love for my Jewish brothers and
sisters, both those who know the truth of Yeshua, and those who still are
blinded. Your article hits to the core of what all believers, Jew and Gentile,
must constantly embrace with great thanksgiving - that without the blood of
Yeshua, we would still be eternally separated from Him, our Creator and Father.
Yeshua is exalted above all! Praise you Adonai! For You ARE One!
And what an honor to the Jewish people, the house of Israel, that You, Adonai,
have chosen them from among all the nations of the earth to reveal Yourself to
the whole world. So much so that the greatest revelation of You Father, is the
life, suffering, death, resurrection and glory of your Son, our Mesiach, who
came to live among us as a simple Jewish carpenter. Yet His great power and
glory we now know, and have been redeemed by Him, our sins atoned for. So now
we eagerly await to see His fullness on the last day, when we will together bow
before Him and cry out, "Yeshua ha Mesiach ADONAI!" Amen.
13:41 19Sep06 Wendy -
There are not words enough to express my deep-seated agreement with you on
this. The centrality of the Cross in preaching, teaching and counseling is
vital to true revival, renewal and maturity. It is the Body of Messiah's
greatest need and the only cure for its spiritual anemia. When we take our
eyes off the atonement and all it means, we risk shrinking back as did the
Jewish believers (in the Letter to the Hebrews) who were ignoring so great a
salvation. Thank you for listening to the Ruach Hakodesh and obeying His
14:33 19Sep06 Moishe Rosen -
Is it really necessary to change the title of the hymn from: "In the cross of
Christ I glory"? Is this really necessary to maintain some Messianic
distinctive? It makes me feel uncomfortable. In ones own discourse one has the
right to choose their language but in quoting someone else, to change the
language might imply an aversion that I am sure you don't feel.
14:53 19Sep06 David Peters -
Dan, thank you for such a powerful article. I think it is one of the most
important understandings that we can have. Without the emphasis of the cross
and crucifiction, without the dying to self that we need in our lives daily,
"We will see less transformation in our people, less devotion, and less of the
presence and power of the Spirit." It is true that this cuts across the lines
of both Messianic Jewish congregations, and Gentile churches. We all too often
want the power of the Spirit, and as much of self as we can get! It doesn't
work that way. Another way of looking at it is that John the Baptiser came
with the baptism of repentance, to make way for Yeshua the one who baptises us
with the Holy Spirit. Repentance, cross, then power of God's Spirit.
17:19 19Sep06 Dr. Nicholas A. Marziani -
Very true, Dan. The early church, interestingly, came to understand the
centrality of the cultic, sacrificial economy from the Old Covenant, and saw in
the Lord Yeshua a fulfillment - not a supercession - that they wanted to adopt,
and so the weekly celebration of the memorial Eucharist came to understood as
the continual proclamation of the Lord's death and resurrection, even as the
temple Levites and priests immolated the daily offerings. Perhaps there is a
lesson here - more frequent celebration of communion, understood as a memorial
and fellowship sacrifice.
17:48 19Sep06 Sue Hill -
I wanted to thank you so very much for this article. I have been a believer for
26 years now and in love with Israel and Judah for most of it. It has grieved
me to see Christians take off their crosses so they don't offend Messianic Jews
or unbelieving Jews or even speak of it. I like Paul say "God forbid that I
should boast in anything but the Cross..."
18:16 19Sep06 Ramona Hubbard -
I first heard you speak when you and Asher (Keith) spoke at North Gate church
in Gaithersburg, Maryland before going to Israel. I have prayed for Asher and
his family and work for years. I will remember you now also. I have studied
Messianic for years. I am not working now, so do not have money, but I can
pray and will. God bless your work. Good to read your material.
20:17 19Sep06 Liz Rhodes -
Thank you for making the shed blood of Yeshua an emphasis. I am very, very
concerned for many believers of Gentile background who are trying to partake of
their Hebraic heritage to the point that the death and resurrection of Yeshua
is an after thought. The main thought is Torah. The Torah without Yeshua's
redemptive blood applied does little but accentuate our sin and
self-righteousness. Only by Messiah's resurrected life can we live lives
pleasing to the Father.
21:03 19Sep06 Suzanna For the Gethsemane Olivet Fellowship -
THANK YOU for sharing this real concern, as you have. One of the most special
messages I heard in an Israeli Messianic Congregation, given by a very godly
elder, (now in an International Messianic ministry role) was his (courageous?)
message just like you have shared, on "the Cross". Of course you know better
than most - even Messianic Believers - that it has to rest on a WHOLE
understanding of Who Yeshua was and is - God making Himself known in a physical
MAN; the expression & explanation of Yeshua being the FACE of GOD helps to
bridge the understanding of Yeshua's DEATH. In these modern times, even the
references to 'shed blood' have lost their impact, as, where once a stabbed
soldier or a person cut deeply - knew they had only 20 minutes before DEATH,
has lost that serious meaning. So for us the emphasis perhaps in a day and a
nation where 'death' has serious meaning, this should be the emphasis
contrasting with Yeshua's KEPT promise that He would RISE TO LIFE again! Our
loving greetings are with you at this time of the Sacred Season.
00:20 20Sep06 Cathy O'Connor -
I have been attending a Messianic service for a while now, so far I have really
enjoyed it; although we have not had a lot of worship, Yeshua is highly
exalted and honoured. The Lord has revealed truths to me through it and is
bringing me to more understanding of need to join the body to the root, Romans
11. We must have revelation of the mystery Paul was refering to; remember
before conversion he was a Pharisee of the Pharisees. This is such a testimony
of God's goodness to Mankind. Paul was saved, likely the most well-learned
priest of the day. God understood his zeal. There much more to learn. I
realize this is New - it will take time to bring it to fullness in the Spirit.
11:02 20Sep06 Debra Raymond -
I could not agree with you more. I was not living a very good life, my brother
and his wife tried talking to me about God, Jesus, the Bible, I believed but
not enough to change my life. I tried reading the Bible but just couldn't
understand it. Then one day - March 8, 2004 - my life changed big time, I went
to see the movie the Passion and saw how much our Lord loved us, a love we
can't even comprehend. I then went out on my deck the next day and gave my
heart to the Lord. I think it is very important for people to see and hear what
our Lord did for us. Since then the Lord has helped me to understand His words
and I love to read scripture. He has also given me a love and understanding of
His choosen people.My Lord and my God are in my heart and mind everyday and I
wake at night with Him on my mind. I use to be afraid of death but now He has
taken that fear away and replaced it with such a peace; what a AWESOME GOD we
have. How can anyone live without Him - you can't! We should thank the Lord
everyday for loving us so much that He gave His life for us and rose to life so
we who believe in Him can have life everlasting.
23:27 20Sep06 Marc Handelsman -
The solution is living a "Yeshua-Observant" lifestyle. He should be preeminent
in our worship and teaching/preaching.
04:28 21Sep06 Miriam Maranzenboim -
Amen and Amen ("the crucial note of focus"). Right on. We must REMEMBER what
He did by partaking of the communion on a regular basis, and to stress at the
same time the POWER of His resurrection. The blood doesn't have power in it -
it's an erroneous song. The "Kapara" is important (via the blood) but Paul
spoke about the power of the resurrection - this is SCRIPTURAL.
21:30 22Sep06 Aaron H. Bixby -
Brother Juster, you are correct about making Yeshua's life, death and
resurrection the central theme of Messianic Judaism. When Yeshua is lifted up
so that all men, women and children can see Him as He really is, then all who
trust in Him will be drawn to Him and will be saved. Just as when Moses lifted
up the [bronze] serpent on the tree, all who looked up were saved from certain
death from the deadly snakes. Continue to teach this good news.
14:14 24Sep06 Raphael Jones -
I agree with your article "In The Cross of Messiah I Glory". My only caution
as a Messianic is that we understand that after coming to this foundational
place, and receiving Yeshua and acknowledging His finished work for us, that we
follow the principles of Hebrews 6:1-2. Too often mature believers never move
on to maturity. And what is this? That we move out in the Power of the Ruach
and demonstration of G-d's mighty Power in our lives, not in philosophical
meanderings regarding who He is, and what we should be doing next on our
organizational agendas. We do this, and G-d will honor us in the fullness of
Who He is that we will need no apologetics to justify our Messianic and
12:24 26Sep06 Charlotte Demetri -
I enjoyed this article very much and send a resounding YES! I am a Gentile,
given a Jewish heart by God almost 30 years ago and have been praying for
Israel since. Bless you and your ministry! God has given you such wisdom.
05:58 28Sep06 Ron Gideon -
Excellent article. As the return of Yeshua draws ever nearer, and as more and
more Jewish and Arab people receive Him as Saviour prior to His return, this
message must be proclaimed all the more. None of us should ever be ashamed.
10:49 04Oct06 Donna Diorio -
I really appreciate that you have spoken with great wisdom to such an intensely
controversial issue, Dr. Juster. This is an issue the Messianic community could
clear out a lot of internal dispute and error if it would deal with the place
of the cross. The apostle Shaul wrote quite a lot about "the cross" even
saying that he would not be persecuted if he would just stop preaching "the
stumbling block of the cross." In Galatians 6 he indicated that there was an
inclination within the Messianic movement from the very beginning to downplay
the centrality of the cross because he wrote (speaking to non-Jewish
Christians): "Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to
compel you to be circumcised, simply so they will not be persecuted for the
cross of Christ." It seems to me that Paul's statements on what was going on in
the first century proves that it is not just the horrendous history of Christian
persecution of Jews that makes the cross such a stumbling block to Jews.
Rather, the apostle says it is a stumbling block because that is where the
power of our faith springs from. Essentially the enemy steals the power from
the lives of believers through making the cross a stumbling block. Even
Eusebuis, who wrote a secular Jewish history around 70 AD, refers to the Lord's
"cross" and does not observe any religious "political correctness" by calling
it a "stake" or even "the tree." (Deut 21:22 is the reason given for switching
the term "the cross" to "the tree" without really explaining why "the cross"
would be a more offensive term to first century Jews.) All this leads me to
believe that the cross is an offense simply because that is where the power
lies. If the enemy can keep us from embracing the truth of it, then we can be
kept in a powerless state of faith. So thanks for pulling this controversy
into the light of day because we need to deal with it up front if we are going
to see the Messianic movement released into the power the apostle Paul was
talking about being wrapped up in the cross of our Lord. What He did for us
through the cross and how we are to follow Him in our identification of the
cross is the central issue, not whether we refer to Him in His original Hebraic
name "Yeshua Messiah" or in the tradition that developed as soon as the gospel
began to be received among non-Jews of referring to Him as "Jesus Christ." We
should press into the centrality of the cross discussion and not be silenced or
sidetracked, for to those who are being saved the cross is the power of God.
1 Cor 1:18
01:11 08Oct06 Mark Aaron Rieber -
Dan, you went to the root of what is in the Father's heart: Yeshua needs to
have his rightful place in our lives, seated on the throne of it. He will also
sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem and those of us he has chosen will sit
next to him, Baruch Haba B'shem Adonai. See you there, Dan, it will be a Holy
and awesome day, may the Lord bring it too completion!
14:00 12Oct06 John Randall Peacher -
I am amazed at the work of the LORD in bringing Jewish and Gentile Believers
together. His ways are beyond our comprehension. It is through fire and tumult,
it seems, that G-d gets His children's attention; this is not His fault, but
ours. As we humble ourselves and cast off parts of our teachings that seemed to
consentrate on another day and age, and as we begin to realize that G-d adds
precept upon precept, and line upon line, we will grow into His desire and will
for last day Believers and a lasting bond, both a spiritual and physical bond,
will take place among both Jewish and Gentile Believers; one new creation in
16:00 17Oct06 Daniel H Lang -
Dan, you say: Why is it difficult to maintain a Yeshua centered emphasis?
Because the gospel of Yeshua is forsaken and not affirmed in our day and hour.
But God has a people by grace according to His will that He gives grace to be
faithful in the gospel, of which I am one with those few with me. I declare the
one true gospel as the Christ, Yeshua died for our sins according to the all
the scriptures, He was buried and He rose gain the third day according to all
the writings of the prophets (Luke 24, 1 Cor 15:1-6). This gospel is forsaken
to the utmost in our day and hour. And we know not the day and hour we live
apart from God's grace. For the day of Meshiach is at hand. And no man can say
these words except the falling away has occurred first and the man of sin, the
son of perdition, the false prophet, the antichristos has been revealed (2
Thes 2). And I tell you by the word of the Lord the falling away has occurred
and the man of sin has been revealed and apart from God's grace we do not know
it. By the way the preaching of the cross is the preaching of the one true
gospel I have given.
15:02 03Mar08 Jen -
The cross is a symbol that conveys meaning to the observer dependent upon what
the observer believes it to be. For a Christian, the cross symbolizes mercy,
grace, and love. For a Jew, it can be a horrific stumbling block, as the Jew
can see a torture device worse than a guillotine that was used not only for
Yeshua, but for countless of our own Jewish ancestors. To display a cross, for
Jews, Messianic or not, might be like displaying a gas chamber to orphans of
the Shoah (Holocaust). It is such a complex issue, isn't it?
14:43 10Apr09 anonymous -
I would like to know on what day Yeshua was crucified? How long he was unseen
(dead) and on what day the Lord of the Sabbath arose?
10:20 13Apr09 Jonathan -
The church has long maintained the calendar of the crucifixion on Friday
followed by resurrection on Sunday. This gives a count of two nights (Fri,
Sat) and one plus two part days (Fri, Sat, Sun) in the grave. This position is
not supported by a careful reading of the gospels and is almost certainly based
on an early but gentile and inadequate idea about the timing of the feast. It
is also not supported by scholarship which offers a number of alternatives,
from Wednesday to Friday including the premise that it never actually happened
The standard Messianic Jewish view is that Yeshua was crucified on Thursday
afternoon, at the same time that the passover lambs were sacrificed in the
Temple (the 9th hour, 3 o'clock in the afternoon, see also 1 Kings 18, Exodus
29:38-41, Acts 3:1ff). The resurrection took place in the early hours of
Sunday morning, giving a count of three nights (Thu, Fri, Sat) and two and two
half-days, enough to make three (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun) in the grave to match
Yeshua's own predictions (Matt 12:40).