See this? this is the Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem. Spin around, and you can see some nice scenery, look for the four flag poles on the right. (use your computer, probably won’t work so well on a phone) Also look at the English/Hebrew text on the side of the building.
Here is the same place, but different floor:-
This hotel I stayed in on my first ever trip to Jerusalem on a tour with my Dad in 2004. I see this as an analogy to the way Jews and Gentiles see the gospel.
Look at the hotel from the top floor, on one side and it is next to Hebron Road, and you can enter it from there. That’s right, the building has entrances from different floors, because like most of Jerusalem, it is built on the side of a hill.
It’s a little far away, you might need to zoom, but spot those 4 flag poles, there is another entrance which is several floors downwards. The sign writing is also there.
I think of this, Jewish people read the Tanakh (what Christians call the Old Testament) could enter the hotel from the bottom floor.
Christians tend to be more familiar with the New Testament. This is the top floor. The two floors are connected together.
Imagine the building is the body of Christ. We are one in Jesus/Yeshua, Jew and Gentile.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Often observant Jewish people who know Yeshua (Jesus) as Lord and Saviour would of learn the Tanakh, and when reading the New Testament will find that this completes the prophecies in Zechariah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and more, from the very first book of Matthew explains Jesus family lineage from Adam to Abraham to Noah to King David all the way through.
For Gentile Christians, when reading the New Testament, then reading the Old Testament, told us the promise of the Messiah, the need for his atonement on the cross, Jesus’s Jewish background, and the New Covenant to come.
Both the OT and the NT also will harshly remind us of the past when mankind has been in sin, with idolatry and immorality.
This scripture doesn’t discard the Jewish people, not are Gentiles suppose to take up Jewish holidays and customs as an essential thing. (actually, I like doing these when I visit Israel, or my Jewish friends in London) Neither Jew or Gentile is more important than the other. When understood right, salvation means we are one the Messiah.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Also, as I’m a languages nerd, I remember looking up a word ‘Bishara’ I heard in Arabic from someone reading the beginning of the book of Matthew; I found that in the Hebrew it is הבשורה (Ha Bishara) and Gospel in Arabic is Injila according to Google Translator, but the word I was looking for is actually “Good News” which is Bishara in Arabic.
I was just thinking about memories of this hotel and how the Jerusalems’s unique places made me think of the bible’s plans for us.