12 Questions and Answers from Jews for Jesus

We have compiled a dozen frequently asked spiritual questions for Jewish seekers.

Number 5, “What proof do you have that Jesus was the messiah,” has some of the highest traffic from our whole website.

Note: These twelve questions are from our booklet, Questions & Answers from Jews for Jesus.

Here is what the current set addresses.  Additionally we have compiled our best articles on our website that address these issues under each section:

  1. Introduction
  2. Exactly what is Jews for Jesus?
  3. How can you believe in Jesus and still call yourselves Jews? Why don’t you just call yourselves Christians for Jesus?
  4. Don’t Christians believe in three gods?
  5. What proof do you have that Jesus was the Messiah?
  6. If Jesus was the Messiah, why isn’t there peace on earth? Look at all the persecutions in the name of Jesus.
  7. How can you believe in God, let alone in Jesus, after the horrors of the Holocaust?
  8. How can you believe in the New Testament? Isn’t is full of anti-Semitism and lies?
  9. So if you’re still Jewish, do you carry out the Law of Moses?
  10. Jews don’t believe in proselytizing, so why do you try and convert everyone to your way of thinking?
  11. I’m basically a good person and I’m very happy with my own religion, so why should I believe in Jesus?
  12. If Jesus was the Messiah, why don’t the rabbis believe in him?

Researched by Matt Sieger


1. Introduction

This section is for people who have heard of Jews for Jesus, seen Jews for Jesus, met and talked with Jews for Jesus — and who find themselves sincerely wondering. If you’re a person with sincere questions, we’d like to offer you a few answers.

A word of warning, though! There are questions, and then there are questions. Some people ask only in order to take the occasion to express an opinion or to express hostility. About such people, the eighteenthcentury German rabbinic scholar Jacob Emden observed that,

“A single fool may ask questions which even a thousand Sages cannot answer.” On the other hand, “The question put by a wise man is half the answer.”

For those who are sincere in their desire to know, we can supply an answer which will satisfy. We do so in the consciousness that the God of our fathers is himself the foundation of truth, and it is with reliance upon him that together we begin our exploration.


2. Exactly what is Jews for Jesus?

Excerpted from our Frequently Asked Questions page:

The modern-day organization was incorporated in September 1973 in California. An outgrowth of the Jesus Movement of the early ‘70s, Jews for Jesus was founded by then 38-year-old Moishe Rosen, a Jew who had come to believe in Jesus years earlier and was serving as a missionary to Jewish people. Along with a handful of Jews in their early 20s, the group experimented with original music, drama and homemade literature to communicate its story. Major news outlets picked up on it, and “Jews for Jesus” became a national phenomenon.

Jews for Jesus has a worldwide staff of 240, and branches in 13 countries and 25 cities.

Their international headquarters is located in San Francisco, where the organization first began. Some of its key branches are in New York, Tel Aviv, Paris, London, Toronto, Los Angeles and Moscow. All missionary staff are born Jewish or married to Jews.

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3. How can you believe in Jesus and still call yourselves Jews? Why don’t you just call yourselves Christians for Jesus?

Excerpted from Frequently Asked Questions:

Jewish identity can be both ethnic and religious. Our Jewishness is a matter of birth. Our faith in Christ is a matter of choice. Besides, if Jesus really is who he claimed to be, the Jewish Messiah, becoming his follower would be a continuation of our Jewish faith, not an abandonment of it. The term Christian derives from the Greek word Christos, a translation of the Biblical term “mashiach”, or messiah. So in its most simple definition, a Christian is a follower of Messiah. Just like the disciples of Jesus and the authors of the New Testament, we are Jewish followers of the Messiah – one hundred percent Jewish and one hundred percent Christian.

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4. Don’t Christians believe in three gods?

Excerpted from our Statement of Faith:

  • We believe in one sovereign God, existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that God the Father is the author of eternal salvation, having loved the world and given His Son for its redemption.
  • We believe that Jesus the Messiah was eternally pre-existent and is co-equal with God the Father; that He took on Himself the nature of man through the virgin birth so that He possesses both divine and human natures.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son; that He was active in the creation of all things and continues to be so in providence.

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5. What proof do you have that Jesus was the Messiah?

From our section on Jesus: Is Jesus the Messiah?

“He was a good rabbi. He taught everyone to be nice to one another.” “He was a good Jew, but Paul made him into a god for the Gentiles.” “He got in trouble with the authorities and became a political martyr.” One thing is certain; after two thousand years, Jesus of Nazareth is still as controversial in the Jewish community as he was in the first century. Still, most hold to the traditional bottom line that whatever he was, he wasn’t the expected Messiah. Jews for Jesus begs to differ. We believe that Jesus was, and still is, who he claimed to be—the Messiah of Israel and of all nations. We join with those first-century Jews and Gentiles who found Jesus—in Hebrew, Yeshua—to be “the way, the truth, and the life.”

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6. If Jesus was the Messiah, why isn’t there peace on earth? Look at all the persecutions in the name of Jesus.

Video: If Jesus is the Messiah, why isn’t there peace on earth?



7. How can you believe in God, let alone in Jesus, after the horrors of the Holocaust?

Video: Holocaust and Anti-Semitism



8. How can you believe in the New Testament? Isn’t it full of anti-Semitism and lies?



9. So if you’re still Jewish, do you carry out the Law of Moses?



10. Jews don’t believe in proselytizing, so why do you try and convert everyone to your way of thinking?



11. I’m basically a good person and I’m very happy with my own religion, so why should I believe in Jesus?


12. If Jesus was the Messiah, why don’t the rabbis believe in him?