Here at The Grit we have more questions than you could poke a stick at. Sometimes the pressure gets too great, and I just have to let some out. This short series is a kind of de-pressurising.
But also, I’d like some answers. I really would, and I’m hoping you can help with that.
Jesus was supposed to redeem and restore Israel. That’s what the infancy narratives in Luke lead us to expect would be his main accomplishment. Jesus called twelve disciples: surely symbolic of a new reconstitution of Israel. Renewed Israel: that’s the goal.
In the end, much of the nation rejects Jesus. But the Christian church is born in Jerusalem, and spreads out to ‘the ends of the earth’. The Christian church is composed of Jews and Gentiles, one people, unified in Christ. In Luke/Acts this church is the main result or outcome of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
QUESTION: So what happened about the new Israel? Did Jesus fail to live up to expectation? Or is the church the renewed Israel?