November 14, 2020 | Perspectives on Jesus: The Romans

How did the Romans view Jesus?

Everyone views Jesus differently. Some think He was a prophet, others think He was a teacher, and still others think He was a common man. Of course, Christians worship Him as our loving Savior, the One we live to please and around whom we build our lives. For the next three weeks we’ll study what some important people groups thought of Him and His ministry. The question we’re focusing on this week: How did the Romans view Jesus? 

As a whole, the Romans didn’t think of Jesus as a Savior or a prophet or even any kind of politically powerful man. He wasn’t at the top of their agenda. In Jesus’ day, Rome was focused on its own empire more than the dealings of the Jewish people. But Jesus had incredible interactions with Romans such as Pontius Pilate and a powerful centurion that teach us how He worked through this people group and challenged their perceptions. Tune in for biblical and cultural insight that will give you a clearer picture of who Jesus is.

The World Of Jesus

By Dr. William H. Marty

As you finish reading the end of the Old Testament and begin reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, you notice that the world changed in some major ways over 400 years. This time gap probably left you with questions like:

  • Who are the Pharisees and Sadducees?
  • Why are Israelites now called “Jews”?
  • Why do people worship in the synagogue instead of the Temple now?

This book will guide you through the world as it was 2,000 years ago. It’s an eye-opening read that helps you understand the society in which Jesus lived!

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Apples of Gold: In the Name of Jesus the Messiah

Before eating lunch at school, Zvi’s young son David finished his prayer, “B’shem Yeshua Hamashiach”––in the name of Jesus the Messiah. One day his kindergarten teacher asked him who Yeshua Hamashiach was. David’s answer caused quite a stir, and his teacher went directly to Zvi’s home to question him about his influence on David’s prayers. Always ready to share the gospel, Zvi told her the truth about the Messiah. It’s encouraging when God uses children to share the love of Jesus!

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


Music

The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.


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