Shabbat Shalom, Friends! Thanks for stopping by.
A few days ago, we contemplated the question, “Will the World Speak up This Time?” That, of course, harkens back to the 1930’s when the world stood by while Jews were nearly annihilated. I think it is important to hear the stories of Holocaust survivors, as that is our window into the reality of the horrendous world brought about by an evil dictator, and a world that stood silent. If we forget the horrors endured by the Jewish people, and if we buy into the propaganda being perpetrated in regard to today’s evil regimes, we will fall prey to the same atrocities that occurred in the Holocaust.
Please take 2 1/2 minutes to hear this Holocaust survivor’s story.
So, why is it important for Christians to hear the stories and respond appropriately? Well, allow me to shed some light.
Some have described the Holocaust as the climax of 2,000 years of Christian mistreatment of the Jews (going back before the time of the Crusades). A few go so far as to say that is reason enough not to believe in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah). My point isn’t to argue whether or not that is accurate. My point is to say that, to some, the Holocaust is an indictment against Jesus and Christianity.
That creates great difficulty for some Jews to hear the truth regarding their Messiah. As Christians, we have much to overcome in showing and sharing the love of Jesus, our Jewish Messiah, with our Jewish friends. So, how can we mend that relationship individually and collectively?
Simply by living out the life of Christ that He has made possible to us through regeneration (2 Corinthians 5:17)! You see, Christ died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Not only that, but He made Him who knew no sin (Jesus), to BE sin on our behalf, that we might take on His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). We don’t deserve grace, favor and salvation from the Jewish Messiah, yet He chose to give it to us according to His great goodness!
The least we can do with the “Jewish gift” given to us, is to share it with our Jewish friends! The only way to atone for the persecution and past wrong brought about by Christians is to build trust that we will faithfully stand with the Jewish people. Is it any wonder that Jesus…our Jewish Messiah…says so clearly that He will bless those who bless Israel, and will curse those who curse Israel? (Genesis 12:3)
Christian friends, God absolutely loves to bless His kids! We are His children (1 John 3:1)! He is calling His “grafted in” children (Gentile believers) to bless His called children! It is our calling to stand with Israel! It is our calling to speak up on her behalf! It is our calling to bless her!
But, that brings me to another profound thought…… I’m going to gather my thoughts, but come back tomorrow to dive deeper into this idea of a “grafted in” life!
Meanwhile, why not take a moment right now to pray for the Spirit of the Living God to move in the hearts and minds of Christians to bless Israel. Pray, also, for that same Spirit to move in the hearts and minds of Jews, that they might recognize and turn to their Messiah!