A Jewish Person Believing in Jesus? Most Find it Shocking and Revolting by Iris Salmins
Both of my parents were Jewish. My aunts and uncles on both sides of my family were Jewish. My neighborhood was so Jewish that my public grammar school was 80% Jewish. For 10 years, I went to a Jewish religious school, in addition to public school, and was at the Jewish community center every week, participating in Jewish youth organizations and sports.
A Jewish mindset is not something to which I need to apply conjecture. That being said, I don't claim my thoughts, perceptions, and pet peeves to be absolutes.
Jewish people should not become Christians, Yeshua did not come to create a new religion. He came to bring the lost sheep of Israel into right standing with our G-d. He came to replace the sacrificial system because the Temple was soon to be no longer available.
The first believers in Yeshua were known as a Jewish sect called the Way. We have our own culture, traditions, and mindset. As a friend of mine once said, "We weren't supposed to join them (the non-Jewish people). They were supposed to join us." Unfortunately, some anti-Semitic leaders such as Constantine helped to reverse that understanding.
Before I came to believe that Yeshua is the Messiah, I understood we had our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Israel. Gentiles had their god, Jesus. To me, the thought of a Jewish person believing in Jesus was a combination of shocking and repulsive. We had our God; why would we need theirs? Nu?
As an adult, I had more contact with Gentiles and even had a close Gentile friend. As time passed, she ended up living in Florida, and I was living in Texas.
When she became a Christian, she didn't tell me because she thought it would offend me. After a Jewish believer in Yeshua came to her church and encouraged the members to pray for their Jewish friends to know "Jesus," she began praying for me.
For about a week after she started praying, I could not get Jesus off my mind. To me, that was not only strange, but also disgusting. After that week, one of my customers saw my Jewish star necklace and asked if I was Jewish. When I acknowledged that I was, she told me that she knew some Jewish people who believed Jesus was the Messiah. My reply to her was, "Interesting concept."
Although she was a pastor's wife, she never invited me to her church. She did invite me to her home, where she and her husband shared the name "Yeshua" with me. The pastor shared with me out of what they called the old testament.
Because of their nudging, I met a Jewish believer in Yeshua and visited a Messianic synagogue.
I feel an urgency to take you on a brief rabbit trail here. Not all Messianic Jewish synagogues are the same. If you want to visit a congregation that calls itself a messianic synagogue, make sure it is not a strange hybrid of church and synagogue. Genuine Jewish Messianic congregations are streaming their services online.
Back to my story. I read Isaiah 53, and although I knew literally nothing about Yeshua, I somehow knew that it was talking about him. Rabbi's will say it is about Israel, but Israel cannot be an atonement for Israel and Israel was not without sin.
One evening, I had a truly supernatural experience. I was reading with only a lamp light by my bed. Suddenly the whole room lit up with a bright light. I described it as if someone had said, "lights, cameras, action." The room became so illuminated that I thought Moses was going to show up. I knew somehow this was related to my new thoughts and activity.
It convinced me that I needed to find out why that happened. I prayed to the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Charles, Ida, Ephraim, and Lena. I wanted to make sure I was praying to the Jewish God… the God of my grandparents. I told him that I was thinking about believing that Jesus was the Messiah and knew it was a mistake, so he should make something terrible happen so I wouldn't do that.
What happened next was that I had what Christians call a born-again experience. I had never read the New Testament, nor did I repent of sin or "ask Jesus into my heart."
If you are like I was, I rarely read the Tanakh. There are scriptures such as Isaiah 53 that speak of Yeshua and even a new covenant. If you are interested in reading it, pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to show you whom Isaiah 53 is speaking of.
If you are seeking to find out about Yeshua, pray to the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to show you what he wants you to believe about Yeshua.