When I was a child growing up in the synagogue, our father would say to us:
“Jesus was a good man, and if the world would live by his teachings, it would be a better place – BUT……..He wasn’t who he said he was.”
As I thought about my fathers words, I couldn’t help but see the contradiction in terms. Good men don’t lie. So, this prompted me to search for the truth about this man, Jesus. Who was he? What was being kept from us, if anything.
I saw the joy in the lives of Christians. I felt a sense of jealousy at their celebration of the birth of Jesus. I continued my quest for the truth.
It was after a tragedy befell my family that I met Christians who shared the Gospel with me. It was so crystal clear that this man, Jesus, loved me and had died for me. I had found the truth and my life has never been the same.
I found out from another Jewish believer that there was a part of Scripture that I may not have seen from the Tanakh. She showed me Isaiah 53.
It has been hidden from you for centuries by rabbis who felt that they were doing the right thing.
Isn’t it time for you to see what these Scriptures say?
Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
It is the prayer of my heart for my people to know that our Messiah did come, but we knew Him not. I understand that believing that Jesus (Yeshua) is our Messiah will create many problems within your families – I know this first hand. My extended family disowned me. It is worth losing family to come into a relationship with the Messiah, Yeshua!
Yeshua knew that we would experience these problems with our families. He said:
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:34-39)
If you are convinced that Yeshua IS the Messiah of Israel, I want you to know how you can know Him and be saved:
May G-d bless you and keep you.