Question: After you share the Gospel with a Jewish person, what do you do and say next? Send them a Bible and hope they read it, keep talking to them about Jesus, or what? Ms. M.
It’s great that you want to know how to best convey the gospel message to the Jewish people in your life. But it’s important to remember that the Holy Spirit is the minister of revelation and will reveal truth as one sincerely seeks it. However, God is opening many doors for Christians to have authentic and honest dialogue about faith with their Jewish brothers and sisters. On those occasions where there is genuine interest and opportunity, I have focused on sharing my faith using the four key areas listed below.
Modern Christianity has focused more on having faith in Jesus and strayed far from having the faith of Yeshua who was, after all, Jewish. Greco-Roman Christianity looks little like the faith of Yeshua and that of His 1st century followers. Therefore, I have chosen to leave behind denominational dogma and choose instead to follow and believe in the 1st century model of the faith of Yeshua.
As a Christian, I am ashamed and sorrowful for the fact that the misguided Church has been responsible for horrible atrocities concerning the Jewish people. Christianity was founded on the mercy and grace of God—not on hatred and self-righteousness. As Gentiles, we were included in the promises of Abraham—not segregated from them. Sadly, the Church has somehow forgotten that crucial aspect.
I am thankful for the steadfast faith of the Jewish people. The keeping of the Torah, the Words of the prophets, and the preservation of the language and traditions would have been lost had the Jewish people not held fast to their history, identity, and to the promised Land of Israel.
Yeshua was Jewish and practiced 1st century Judaism. That is why I am re-evaluating His teachings from that vantage point.
I have realized the initial followers of Jesus Christ—Yeshua—were all Jews and it was those faithful brothers and sisters that shared their Messiah with us Gentiles—that allowed us to be grafted into their family. He was your Messiah first – you don’t have to leave your traditions and heritage and become a Gentile to receive your own Messiah.
Yeshua said, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me” (John 5:46). Simply allow the Spirit of God to reveal all the teachings of Moses as a shadow of what the Messiah Yeshua would one day fulfill as Servant Redeemer and as a soon coming King. Fill in the blank with the Name of your Messiah, Yeshua!