Jewish Prayer and Yeshua
“We make the radical and scandalous claim that Yeshua constitutes the true center of Jewish life, just as Israel constitutes the true center of Yeshua’s ekklesia. The One who goes unmentioned in the Siddur is present on every page. He is present not simply through references to Mashiach ben David – such Messianic references are few. He is present not simply through prayers for future redemption and the messianic age, though indeed such prayers pervade the Jewish liturgy. How is he present? He is there as the ‘fullness of Torah,’ the human embodiment of God’s eternal Name and Word. He is there as the ‘fullness of Israel,’ the anointed King who sums up in himself Israel’s true identity and destiny. He is there as the heavenly High Priest and Shaliach Tzibbur (emissary of the congregation), offering himself to God as Israel’s liturgical representative. This is the message we proclaim and incarnate: the One pushed to the margins stands veiled at the center.”
–Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer – from his new book, Israel’s Messiah and the People of God, p. 64.