Avi Silverman’s view, at Messianic Marzipan, of Jesus is typically Jewish, but also, I suggest messianic meshugas (madness): “As a Jew, he says, I don’t need to get the Ruach Ha Kodesh / Holy Sprit through a third party, even Yeshua/Jesus told the woman at the well, ‘We Jews Know to whom we pray to.’ That tells me, continues you go direct to the father not through anybody else.
If that is what Avi says Jesus is telling him then I infer that Avi believes that that is what Jesus is telling the Samaritan woman as well, namely, that there is no mediator between God and man. Avi’s statement “Yeshua/Jesus told the woman at the well, ‘We Jews Know to whom we pray to’ “seems to be a commentary on what Jesus says to the Samaritan woman in John 4:22 “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews”. The Jewish reasoning is that if salvation is from the Jews AND Jews say they don’t need a mediator, then salvation does not require a mediator. So, Avi would say no one comes to the father but by himself or herself. But it all depends on what Jesus means by “salvation is from the Jews.” What it means – we gather this from many other sayings of Jesus – is that Salvation comes through the Jews. Some examples:
Earlier in the same John 4, we read:
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
It is Jesus, a Jew, Daniel’s Son of man, and also the Son of God, who gives this living water, not the father who gives it. Jesus is not merely representing the father, but doing the giving himself.
The “Jesus is mediator” verse par excellence in John’s Gospel is in Chapter 14:
4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?
So, no one comes to the father by themselves but through a mediator, “the one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
Salvation is from the Jews because salvation is through the Jew, Jesus (Yeshua, meaning “God saves”).
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
This is not to say that our salvation is the business of Christ alone. It is the business of the whole Godhead, who, says Hugh Binning (1627 – 1653) “is interested in it deeply, so deeply that you cannot say who loves it most, or who likes it most. The Father is the very fountain of it, his love is the spring of all.”
If one is going to try and prove from Jesus’ mouth that he is not the Mediator between God and man, forego it. Rather do a Bart Ehrman by saying that no one knows anything about what Jesus said, or anything about anyone else has said before photocopy machines were invented – and be done with it. Or read the Bible properly. Hard for Jews, if, like Nicodemus, they believe that to do so they have to enter their mother’s womb again.