In Jesus’ exchange with the Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John, he tells her: “salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). The Church affirms that Christ’s rootedness in the Jewish people signifies that salvation indeed has come from the Jews.
The teaching of the Second Vatican Council on the Jewish people and the successive teaching in article 4 of the Declaration Nostra Aetate (NA) insists that the relationship with the Jewish people, the constant reference to the Scriptures of Israel (the Old Testament) and familiarity with Israel’s traditions are essential elements in getting to know Jesus of Nazareth, proclaimed by Christians as Messiah, Son of God and Savior of the world. The Church indeed affirms with Jesus that salvation is from the Jews. A much more sensitive question concerns from where does the salvation of the Jews come?
The Declaration Nostra Aetate affirmed that the Church must proclaim Jesus as Messiah, Son of God and Savior in its first paragraph: “Indeed, (the Church) proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ ‘the way, the truth, and the life’ (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself.”