A man sat on the bench next to our Bible table at the beach. He began eating his hamburger when I noticed he was wearing a name badge.
“So how is that hamburger, Richard?”
“Huh? Oh, I forgot I was wearing my name. It’s great!”
“Are you attending a seminar?”
“Actually I am.” He began telling me about it when a Jewish couple stopped at the table and began asking questions about our Jewish literature.
Richard entered into the conversation asking them questions and making comments about Israel and Judaism. They no doubt thought he was part of our Bible ministry. After they left I asked, “Richard, do you have a faith background?”
“Yes. I became a Christian in college. But recently I learned I have Jewish roots and Jewish relatives in Russia. At this point I’m not sure what I am!”
“Richard, did you know you can be both? Do you know about the Messianic Jews?”
He shook his head. “No.”
“These are Jewish people who have received Jesus as their Messiah. The first Christians were Jews. There has always been a remnant of Jewish people who have followed Jesus. Many of them today worship in Christian churches and others in Messianic Synagogues—and there are many.”
This was news to him and he was intrigued. I offered him one of our T’Nach’s – a Jewish Old Testament and also a Hebrew/English New Testament. I gave him a booklet showing the messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled proving Him the Messiah. I also shared with him the Messianic Jewish website: http://www.gotmessiah.com/flash/index.html Richard seemed eager to check out the website.
He received our gifts with a grateful heart and as he left said, “I’m going to start reading this today!”
- To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31
- But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31
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