What Would Jesus Really Do?

Perhaps you’ve seen bracelets and other items that display the WWJD logo, posing the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” CNN recently aired a special segment asking the question, “What Would Jesus Really Do?”

If we were to closely follow the example of Jesus, we would encourage people of every background to pursue Jewish faith and develop a connectedness with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We would also observe Jewish feasts, festivals, and customs.

It’s an interesting paradox that those who don’t claim to follow Jesus (today’s Jews) reflect his life and message in some ways more closely than those who claim to follow Jesus (today’s Christians). This is in no way a criticism of the Christian faith, simply an observation. No doubt there is more yet to unfold in human history regarding these things.

The WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) logo has been an amazingly popular phenomenon resulting in the WWJD letters being placed on clothing, bumper stickers, and numerous other items. If you are one who seeks to more authentically follow and reflect the life and teachings of Jesus, consider the following evaluation and comparison of Jesus, Judaism, and Christianity. It’s interesting to consider what lifestyle and faith community is most in line with the life and faith of Jesus.

Custom or Tradition
Jesus
Present Day Jews and Judaism
Majority of Present-Day
Christians
speak Hebrew

yes

yes

no
recognize Shabbat
yes
yes
no
frequently quote “the Sh’ma” in Hebrew (the prayer proclaiming
the greatest commandment)
yes
yes
no
observe Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
yes
yes
no
observe Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
yes
yes
no
observe Sukkot (harvest ‘Feast of Booths’)
yes
yes
no
observe Simchat Torah (celebration of the Torah)
yes
yes
no
observe Chanukah (feast of lights)
yes
yes
no
observe Tu B’Shevat (honoring God’s creation by taking care of the earth,
Tikkun Olam)
yes
yes
no
observe Purim (remembering Esther)
yes
yes
no
observe Passover
yes
yes
no
observe Shavuot (receiving The Law)
yes
yes
no
observe Jewish calendar
yes
yes
no
look primarily to the Old Testament
yes
yes
no
attend Synagogue
yes
yes
no
encourage traditional Judaism
yes
yes
no
celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvah
yes
yes
no
preach a message of healing the earth in preparation for the arrival
of God and God’s Kingdom which are coming to earth for eternity
yes
yes
no
preach a message of leaving the problems on earth to be with God in heaven
for eternity
no
no
yes
eat pork
no
no
yes
disregard Biblical Sabbath
no
no
yes
recognize Sunday as the Sabbath
no
no
yes
observe Easter
no
no
yes
observe Christmas
no
no
yes
advocate breaking away from Jewish community to form a non-Jewish religious
institution that will compete with Judaism
no
no
yes

* We know that Jesus was circumcised eight days after his birth and later
Consecrated or dedicated as prescribed by the Old Testament (Exodus 13:2, 12),
yet it is believed that the present day custom of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah had not
yet developed – if it had been, it is believed he would have celebrated it.